This is the incredible story of how the GAA and its people weathered the coronavirus pandemic, and found the strength to survive.
In the year 2020, our lives, purpose and favourite pastime as Irish people - meeting each other - stopped overnight.
Throughout that dark time, the GAA was at the centre of the country's fight against COVID-19. From the start, thousands of volunteers delivered food and medicine to vulnerable neighbours and friends during lockdown and the association went online, keeping people connected and becoming a beacon of hope.
As the association itself faced financial ruin, members had their own life and death struggles. Niall Murphy, of Antrim GAA, spent sixteen days in a coma, fighting the virus, as camogie player Marianne Walsh spent her cancer recovery amid strict lockdowns, dreaming of playing for her club once again. Hurler Domhnall Nugent battled intense isolation as he recovered from addiction. And when championships were shut down after celebrations threatened the association's reputation, uncertainty hung in the air.
Through it all, GAA people rallied. Their stories, and the story of the GAA itself, needs to be told.
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Date of Publication: 08/06/2023