Getting into the Sam Maguire!!

Niall in the SamGreat photograph that captures one of the reasons for the GAA’s success amongst the communities that play it – it remains close to the amateurs on the ground. For all the glamour of the All Ireland Championship, the Sam Maguire Cup has been hosted in gardens and pubs the length and breadth of the island.

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