Semple Stadium Field of Legends
Semple Stadium Field of Legends

Semple Stadium Field of Legends

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Semple Stadium: Field of Legends

By Liam Ó Donnchú

Published by O'Brien Press

Hardback Edition

Semple Stadium Field of Legends is an account of the evolution of the iconic Gaelic Games stadium.

The author, Liam Ó Donnchú leads us through the history of the GAA in Thurles and the development of the stadium. He also describes some epic sporting moments that have taken place there including the Great Bicycle Finals of 1944, the centenary All-Ireland hurling final in 1984 and Maurice Fitzgerald’s unforgettable point in 2001.

This beautiful hardback book, which includes memorable photos and historic imagery also takes us behind the scenes at the famous Féile concerts and pays tribute to the players, managers, staff and locals who ensure that Tom Semple’s field remains a place of pilgrimage for the GAA faithful and beyond.

Liam Ó Donnchú is a former player, secretary and chairman of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club and is currently vice-president of the club. He spent over four decades as a primary school teacher and is now director of the Lár na Páirce museum in Thurles. He has also written other books including Tom Semple and the Thurles Blues and is co-author of Tipperary’s GAA Ballads.

GAA Museum Book Club Author Interview 

Semple Stadium: Field of Legends was the focus of the GAA Museum Book Club in February 2022. Watch author Liam Ó Donnchú in conversation with the GAA Museum Team here