• Fascinating ... a brilliantly researched book on hurling in the early years of the GAA

    Martin Breheny, Irish Independent
  • I heartily recommend it. Great picture of the emergence of modern Ireland amidst sport, nationalism, priests and assorted crazy hotheads ... Brilliant stuff

    Dara Ó Briain
  • A story of pioneerism, passion, intrigue, skulduggery and commitment ... a must read for the many sports, and particularly hurling, supporters and admirers in today's version of Ireland

    Irish Times
  • Brilliantly entertaining ... not just the gripping account of that first championship, but also of how the game of hurling itself was saved in the 1880s from what seemed certain extinction

    Sunday Independent
  • Terrific

    Kieran Shannon, Irish Examiner
  • Both a sports and a history book, full of wonderful stories from a different time, with tales of passion, skullduggery and controversy, played out against the backdrop of what could be described as a civil war within the GAA and a land war that threatened to rip the country apart

    RTE Culture
  • A brilliant piece of work

    Matt Cooper
  • Can't recommend this enough. Amazing detail, brilliant story telling, full sweep of Irish life in the 1880's and all the seeds and fault lines of GAA life today brought to life

    Ger Gilroy
  • Fascinating

    Frank McNally, Irish Times
  • Superb

    Jack Anderson, Irish Examiner

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