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Telling GAA Stories through Objects

26th April – 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

£5.00 – £6.50


The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) plays an influential role in society that extends far beyond the sport. In popular imagination and
experience, the GAA is often evoked through objects: medals passed down from generation to generation, jerseys worn in All-Ireland finals,
Cúl Camps backpacks. This talk explores fascinating objects and their stories, that were uncovered by Siobhán Doyle when researching and
writing her book A History of the GAA in 100 Objects. It will highlight the challenges and the charms of telling stories through objects and
show how even the most ordinary, everyday objects can tell remarkable stories.

Friday 26 April, 1 pm | £5.00 – £6.50

About Siobhán Doyle

Siobhán Doyle is Curator of Glass, Ceramics and Asian Collections in the National Museum of Ireland. She holds a PhD in Museum Studies from Technological University Dublin. Siobhán’s research interests include Irish history, sports history, sociology and material culture. Her first book, A History of the GAA in 100 Objects, was published by Merrion Press in 2022 and has since been developed in a multi-media exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Siobhán has studied and worked in museums in Dublin for over ten years and joined the National Museum of Ireland in 2020. Her next book, A History of Irish Sport in 100 Objects, will be published in autumn 2025.



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26th April
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£5.00 – £6.50
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The Linen Hall
+44 (0)28 9032 1707
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Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast, BT1 5GB United Kingdom
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