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Guide to the Archives of Irish America Collection on the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) of New York AIA.028

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Collection processed by Kaitlyn Medley, Rebecca Altermatt

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 18, 2014
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Rachel Searcy for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description in May 2013; edited by Bonnie Gordon to reflect updated administrative information  , June 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Archives of Irish America.
Title: Archives of Irish America Collection on the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) of New York
Dates [inclusive]: 1944-2005
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1980-2000
Abstract: The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was established in Ireland in 1884 as a part of the Gaelic Revival as a way to encourage the playing of Gaelic football and hurling. Gaelic games had been played in America since the Irish first emigrated, but play was not standardized until enthusiasts in New York formed the city’s first GAA Board in 1914. They also sought to organize games with teams in other cities along the East Coast. The collection contains programs, fliers, clippings, and publications by and of the Gaelic Athletic Association, specifically regarding the playing of hurling and football at the three fields in the New York area in the middle of the twentieth century.
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet in 4 manuscript boxes
Location note: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu two business days prior to research visit.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: AIA.028

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was established in Ireland in 1884 as a part of the Gaelic Revival as a way to encourage the playing of Gaelic football and hurling. Local chapters were opened in Ireland and America throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While Gaelic games had been played in America since the Irish first emigrated, play was not fully standardized until enthusiasts in New York formed the city’s first GAA Board in 1914. They also sought to organize games with teams in other cities along the East Coast. There were three fields of note in New York City for much of the twentieth century: Celtic Park in Queens, the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan, and Gaelic Park (a.k.a. Croke Park) in the Bronx.

One of the highlights for the New York GAA was the 1947 All-Ireland Gaelic Football Final between Cavan and Kerry. Played at the Polo Grounds, it is the only All-Ireland final played outside of Ireland. It was held in New York to commemorate 100th anniversary of the worst year of the Great Famine, and the thousands of Irish who came to New York as a consequence.

Interest in football and hurling is dependent upon immigration from Ireland and there was a slump in the 1970s. However, the 1980s revived the local GAA, as the influx of undocumented Irish brought with it new players.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains programs, fliers, clippings, and publications by and of the Gaelic Athletic Association, specifically regarding the playing of hurling and football at the three fields in the New York area in the middle of the twentieth century.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Cudahy, John J., 1920-

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Programs (documents).

Subject Organizations

  • Gaelic Athletic Association.

Subject Topics

  • Gaelic football.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -x Social life and customs.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The bulk of the material comprising this collection was part of a larger donation given by Dorothy Hayden Cudahy to the Archives of Irish America in 1995. In addition, printed material in the collection has been gathered by Archives of Irish America staff from various sources, including other collections at the Archives of Irish America. The accession number associated with this collection is 1997.052.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection are held by the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York. Permission to publish or reproduce materials to which they hold copyright must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) of New York Collection; AIA 028; box number; folder number;
Archives of Irish America /Tamiment Library
New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Dorothy Hayden Cudahy Irish Memories Collection AIA 001

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 All-Ireland Camogie: USA Tour
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 2 The Astoria Gaels Social and Football Club
1997-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Brooklyn Shamrocks Football Club
1992, 2000-2001
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Connemara Gaels Football Club of New York
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Emerald Golf Society of Greater New York
1982
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Gaelic Athletic Association All-Ireland Finals
1952-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Gaelic Athletic Association Correspondence and Minutes
1944, 1946, 1964
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Gaelic Athletic Association Financial Statements
1954-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Annual Banquet
1962-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Annual Banquet
1973-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Annual Banquet
1990-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Annual Banquet
1982-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Annual Banquet
1994-1999
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Game Programs
1951-1959
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Game Programs
1962-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Game Programs
1974-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York Game Programs
1980-1990
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Board: "The New York Irish"
1976
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Ladies Dinner Dance
1998
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Minor Board All-Ireland Gaels
1981
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Minor Board Banquet and Championship Awards
1989, 1994
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Minor Board Banquet and Championship Awards
1997, 2003
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Minor Board Fall Dinner Dance
1994-1995, 1998
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Gaelic Athletic Association New York Minor Board Schedule of Games
1947
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Gaelic Athletic Association of New York World Cup Championship
1968
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Gaelic Athletic Association Press Releases and Clippings
1957-1989, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Gaelic Athletic Association Team Photographs
1955
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Gaelic Athletic Association Ticket Stubs
1957-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Gaelic Athletic Association USA Tour: Ballina Stephenites, County Mayo
1980
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Gaelic Athletic Association USA Tour: Financial Statements
1954, 1956
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Gaelic Athletic Association USA Tour: Kilmeena, County Mayo
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Good Sheperd Gaelic Football Club
1986
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Ladies Gaelic Football Association of New York
1997
Box: 4 Folder : 4 The New England Gaelic Athletic Association
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 5 New York Celtics Gaelic Football Club
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 6 New York Young Ireland's Camogie Club
1985
Box: 4 Folder : 7 New York Young Ireland's Camogie Club
1990-1992
Box: 4 Folder : 8 North American Camogie Association
1994-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Randall's Island Gaelic Sports Complex, Inc.
circa 2005
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Rangers Gaelic Football Club of New York Dinner/Dance Journal
2004
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Saint Barnabas Gaelic Football Club
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 12 St. Jerome's Gaelic Football Club
1946

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