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The Celtic Times: Michael Cusack's Gaelic Games Newspaper 1887 Book Cover
The Celtic Times:
Michael Cusack's Gaelic Games Newspaper 1887

Introduction by Marcus de Búrca
Preface by Breandán MacLua
Foreword by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh

This publication is out of print.

Price: €75, Details: Tabloid size, Hb, 350pp.,
ISBN: 1 900545 14 4

This long lost newspaper was the first periodical devoted to Gaelic games and ran from 1 January 1887 to 14 January 1888. It was co-edited by Michael Cusack, founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association, and A. Morrison Millar, a prominent Scots businessman. The only known surviving issues, covering the period 19 February to 31 December 1887 are now available in a facsimile edition. The Celtic Times was used by Michael Cusack to support and encourage the playing of Ireland’s ‘native pastimes’ and athletics, and to promulgate his views on the organisation and politics of the burgeoning GAA. Detailed reports of matches, athletic competitions and committee meetings at all levels are given in every issue. The Celtic Times also provides a fascinating portrayal of the various nationalist movements which flourished in Ireland during the closing decades of the 19th century. Weekly coverage is given to means of developing indigenous resources, establishing new industries and fostering good labour relations. Cusack also wrote passionately about Irish literature, music and history, and the Irish language.

The pages of The Celtic Times reflect the pride and energy of an emerging nation rediscovering its own cultural history.

The publication includes a detailed introduction by Cusack’s biographer, Marcus de Búrca, with a preface by Breandán MacLua and foreword by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

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