Fraher/Ó Faoláin Collection added to the GAA Archive
14th December 2012
The GAA has formally received the Fraher/Ó Faoláin Collection which will be added to the GAA Archive based at the GAA Museum in Croke Park.
Dan Fraher started the collection in the 1890s and it has been maintained (and added to) by four generations of the Fraher and O’Faolain families. The collection was donated to the GAA Archive by Siobhán Ní Fhaoláin, great grand-daughter of Dan Fraher.
While the collection spans from 1885 to 1993, the highlight is undoubtedly the early GAA programmes (1895-1909) and documents (1885-1915) which are related to athletics meetings, rather than hurling and football contests.
In the formative years of the GAA, the Association’s primary concern was athletics; football and hurling did not become the mainstay of the Association until the turn of the 20th century. The GAA’s control of athletics formally ended in 1923 with the formation of the National Athletics and Cycling Association (NACA).
The collection also contains a diverse range of 120 photographs relating to the GAA in Dungarvan and Waterford from the 1890s to the late 1950s.
Speaking at the handover of the collection, GAA President Liam Ó Néill said: “This is a large and diverse collection and one that we are delighted to receive from the Fraher/Ó Faoláin family whose central role in the Association and its activities can be seen from the range of artefacts.
“We are delighted that the family has decided to hand it over to the GAA and it further embellished our growing archive and specifically the section of the collection that concentrates on the formative years of the Association.”
This archive collection provides researchers with the primary-source material required for an in-depth study on the formative years of the GAA, at local level. This is currently an under-studied area of the history of the GAA. It has been fully catalogued and is now available to researchers using the GAA Archive.
This collection is available to researchers who can book an appointment through the archive section of this website.