Long-term followers of the blog will, I’m sure, know that Aghamore holds a special place in my heart. I’m delighted, then, to give a push to a book that’s due out next month chronicling the history of Aghamore GAA club.
The book is the brainchild of retired teacher Jackie Coyne who, back in 2013, came up with the idea of putting together an in-depth history of the club. Together with his committee, Jackie is now ready to unveil a 450-page hardback book – The History of the GAA in Aghamore – documenting the cultural and social activities of the GAA in the parish of Aghamore over the past 128 years.
Mayo GAA games promotion officer Adrian Hession – who has guested here on the site – recently interviewed Jackie about the work he’s put in over the past four years in bringing this impressive historical endeavour to fruition. This interview is available on the Mayo News – here.
In it, Jackie provides clarity to the debate that briefly bubbled up here on the site the other week about Annagh Rovers. As he explains, the very first registered Aghamore team – look at the cut of them in the photo below – went to battle in 1889 under the Annagh Rovers banner. Fast forward 128 years and the same moniker has now been adopted for the amalgamation at minor level of Aghamore and Ballyhaunis GAA clubs.
Photo: Mayo News/Jackie Coyne
The book also includes, I’m sure, plenty on the glory days of the Seventies, a period I lived through as a teenager and well recall. It was then – following a different amalgamation, this one with Kilmovee to form the short-lived Shamrocks – that the club won its first and so far only senior county football title. That was in 1977 and the final against Garrymore – who were themselves bidding to complete a four-in-a-row of Moclair Cup successes – went to a replay before the Shamrocks, belting in a glut of goals, finally came out on top by 4-6 to 0-13. That’s them, by the way, in the photo at the beginning of the post.
The official launch of the book takes place in exactly a month’s time. It’s a good time to do it, as that’s the weekend of the Mayo/Sligo (or New York) Connacht SFC quarter-final. The launch will be held at the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, throw-in 9pm (preceded by Mass in Aghamore church at 7pm) and special guests on the night will include the legendary Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. Full details on the launch are here.
I’d love to get there myself for the event and maybe I will but I’ve got to be up here for another engagement (Communion-related) on the Saturday and then, of course, I’ll have to get to MacHale Park for the match the day after. Two return trips to the West in the one weekend might be a stretch but sure we’ll see. It’s not every day that an event like this happens.
Best of luck to Jackie and his colleagues and to Aghamore GAA (and Annagh Rovers too) for the book’s launch. I have to admit that I can’t wait to get my hands on it.