John J. Higgins Collection, 1914-1917
Reference code: GAA/Laois/P1
Title: Bailiúchán John J. Higgins
Covering Dates: 1914-1917
Level of Description: Item/Collection level
Extent: One Box/181 items
John J. Higgins was Secretary of the Laois County Board during the years 1914-1917. During this period, hurling in Laois flourished with the county contesting two All-Ireland Senior Hurling finals in a row; in the 1914 final Laois (Kilcotton) were beaten by Clare (Quin) by 5-01 to 1-00 but in the 1915 final Laois (Ballygeehan) beat Cork (Redmonds) by 6-02 to 4-01 to win their first, and to date, only All-Ireland Senior Hurling title.
Content and Structure
Scope and Content
This collection primarily consists of letters received by John J. Higgins, from a variety of sources, relating to the organisation of inter-county hurling in Laois during the period 1914-1917. The collection offers a rare insight into the ‘behind-the-scenes’ organisation that was involved in the early years of the G.A.A. championships. Through it an understanding and study of the way in which a team prepared for an All-Ireland final is offered; including fundraising and expenses, the organisation of training sessions, advice on how hurling should be played, team selection, the provision of training equipment and the organisation of travelling and accommodation for the squad. The collection also contains a series of letters from Robert O’Keefe, a future president of the GAA, to John J. Higgins which show his involvement in the Laois team of the period.
Conditions of Access and Use
Conditions governing access: Access is strictly by appointment only using the
provided application form.
Finding aid: Descriptive list