Betwixt the Arras and Lough Derg: A History of Gaelic Games in Portroe 1884-2015

Portroe G.A.A. club has existed for over one hundred and thirty years and has organised and promoted Gaelic games in the parish during that period of time. Like all clubs it has experienced successes and failures. The successes have been enjoyed and celebrated while the failures have honed a determination to do better the next time.

In the course of its history the club has fostered and developed the talents of many players. Some have become great and brought honour and glory, not only to the parish but to the county as well, but all have been imbued with a love of place and an identification with the area between the Arras and Long Derg. When they wear the green and gold they are lifted to a higher plane and driven to greater heights of endeavour.

This book is an attempt to record the story of these lives and these endeavours during the history of the club. It tells the story of how so many contributed to the success of the club in hurling and football, in handball and athletics, in camogie and Scór,  in administration and in many other ways so that the club continues to be such a strong and virile force in the life of the parish of Portroe to this day.

Best known players include Liam Sheedy, who played for Tipperary but also managed the county to All-Ireland senior success in 2010, Darren Gleeson, who played on goals for the county in 2016, when the team won the All-Ireland senior hurling championship, and Claire Madden, one of the outstanding players on the Tipperary camogie team that won five All-Ireland titles between 1999-2004.

Hardcover: 600 pages
Published: 2016
Publisher: Portroe G.A.A. Club
Availability: Portroe G.A.A. Club
ISBN: 978-1-5262-0610-7