Congratulations to Jim Fogarty a former native of Roscrea who recently penned and released he’s latest GAA book entitled “The Cross Of Cashel which focuses upon all the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Finals played since the competition’s inception in 1964 right up to the absorbing classic of 2014.
The book is already highly acclaimed and has achieved great praise amongst GAA supporters and researches throughout the country and beyond.
Jim who lived in Roscrea for many years before becoming the Kilkenny City Liberian is widely known in GAA circles and regularly contributes to GAA programs in both his home county of Tipperary and his adopted county of Kilkenny. Indeed it is often said that a GAA Program on a big muster hurling occasion involving Tipperary is rarely complete without a contribution from Jim.
“The Cross Of Cashel” is the only definitive book ever written on the U21 championship and is a “must have” for all GAA supporters at home and abroad. Indeed such is the research that Jim has put into this book, no GAA collection in the country could consider itself complete without the “Cross Of Cashel”. It is Jim’s wish that the history contained in “The Cross Of Cashel” will do justice to those who have embellished the U-21 grade over the past 51 years.
The forward for the book was written by Jim Costigan who said he was honoured to write the introductory piece which gives a brief history of how the U21 competition has reached such prominence and has laid the foundations for so many senior successes.
From Tipperary in 1964 to Clare in 2014, Jim Fogarty tells the story of the All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Finals over the past 51 years. The book is packed with iconic pictures of young hurlers that would later be immortalised as legends of the game. The book also contains wonderful statistics and references to teams and players that have graced our hurling fields as part of the U21 grade over the past fifty years.
Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan, Brian King, said this week that Jim has never forgotten his roots in Roscrea and keeps in regular contact with people in the town and in particular former Roscrea Hurling Club Secretary Michael Phelan who keeps Seamus well briefed on the fortunes of the red and white army who won their first Junior A championship for 29 years in an epic encounter on Saturday last which will have delighted Jim. Brian said that this is the second definitive GAA Classic that Seamus has put together having published in 2012 another epic “The Dan Breen Cup – Tipperary County SH Finals 1931 – 2011 which also received great reviews from around the globe. The book was launched by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and has become a collector’s item similar to what is expected for “The Cross Of Cashel”
“The Cross Of Cashel” is dedicated to Jim’s deceased parents Jim and Betsy and to his wife Marie and sister Betty. The book is available throughout the country but takes pride of place in his native town of Roscrea where the book can be purchased or ordered from Bernie’s SuperValu. The book is the ideal Christmas present for any Gael at home or abroad so make sure to get your copy and don’t be left disappointed.