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Deadlock: Dublin Vs Meath 1991

Deadlock: Dublin Vs Meath 1991

Eoghan Corry

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The summer of 1991 saved Gaelic football. Just in time too.

Book now out of print. Our last copies

The country had spent the previous summer in a mood of celebration and elation when Ireland qualified for the soccer World Cup finals for the first time ever. Gaelic football was in danger of being left behind, a jaded casualty of Ireland's new status as a top ten soccer nation. Instead, it was saved by three unlikely events. The GAA decided not to seed the stronger teams in the Leinster championship.

Two of the best supported teams were drawn against each other in the opening round. And incredibly, it took four matches and one of the most dramatic finishes in history before there was a winner. What happened in 1991 was about the reinvention of a sport, wresting it from its obsession with its own legacy and engaging with a brighter, more confident future.

Gaelic Football struck it rich. By the end of it all the game had new sponsors, a new TV audience, and was back at the heart of popular culture.

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Author Eoghan Corry
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 9 Sep 2011
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780717148141

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