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Historic Flash From GAA Past

A capacity crowd of parents, students and teachers were held spellbound by a very realistic enactment of the founding meeting of TDG-GAAthe G.A.A. by a group of Thurles actors in Tipperary Institute on Wednesday last.

Organised by Tipperary Education Support Centre in Thurles, the enactment was brought to life with a script devised by author and historian Tom Noone from contemporary records of the event, and played by members of Thurles Drama Group.

The actors, in genuine period costume supplied by St. Mary’s Famine Museum, decided on a most original concept, by having all the cast enter the auditorium through the audience and then taking their places among the audience, just as they would have done at an actual meeting.

The narrator gave the reasons for the meeting and invited Michael Cusack to open proceedings. What followed kept everyone’s interest at a high level as various points in favour of the proposed association were made, clarification sought on a number of issues, elections held and acknowledgements made of the sterling work done by Cusack and the new President of the fledgling organisation, Tipperary man Maurice Davin. The meeting concluded with the reading of Archbishop Thomas William Croke’s charter for the association.

The cast pictured above comprised Donal Taylor, Tom Noone, Flan Quigney, Martin Fitzgerald, David McElgunn, Liam Ryan and Jimmy Duggan.

Among the capacity audience were Most Rev. Dr. Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Nicky Brennan, immediate past president of the G.A.A., Barry O’Brien, Tipperary Co. Board chairman, Tim Floyd, Tipperary county secretary, and a large number of the Tipperary hurling panel.

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