GAA medal 1887

By Mark O Farrell, 2nd year

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

As Jim and Patrick took to the pitch,

The power in hurling was about to switch.

From the county of Tipp and the county of Galway,

Neither would give in, neither would run away.

The crowd was full of excitement and laughter,

But one would be silenced not long after.

Stapleton led the men from Tipp,

Obeying his orders without even a slip.

Their opponents from Galway took to the field,

But they had no thoughts of coming to yield.

Lead by Larkin, a fiersome man,

Who did not realise it wouldn’t go to plan.

The final whistle blew, it was all over,

It was Tipp who had the luck of the clover,

Winning by four with a crowd that adore,

And the heart and spirit that came from their core.

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