GAA medal

By Andrew Walsh, 2nd year.

Object No.87 GAA medal, 1887
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

From the walls of Limerick to the torrent waves 

crashing off the rocks in the giants causeway 

in Antrim the GAA flourishes.

In every household hurleys and footballs are found 

to GAA Irish hearts are bound.

On rugged fields in small parishes children practice,

dreaming that they will one they play on the short,

freshly cut grass of Croker hoping to grace the ultimate prize.

Puckouts were taken, crossbars shaken,

frees were taken from impossible places 

while children ran in competitive races.

Its all fun and games as a child 

but when it gets serious 

hurleys, bones, and dreams are broken,

only the strong succeed that is why 

so many people’s dreams fail.

But for those lucky enough 

to hold an all Ireland medal,

you are privileged,

my advise to you is to cherish it 

for it is many peoples hearts desire.

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