Relive 113 All-Ireland finals as GAA launch new digital archive

Former Dublin goalkeeper Paddy Cullen in conversation with former Kerry footballer and selector Mikey Sheehy during the launch of the Digital Archive at Croke Park. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The GAA has launched a new digital archive which will provide free access to matches of yesteryear to fans around the world.

The archive contains 113 All-Ireland finals since 1961 and provincial finals from the same year.

The club game is also represented with the inclusion All-Ireland club finals since 1989.

In total, the archive contains highlights from over 500 games from both codes.

The GAA said that that the archive, which was created with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), "means that for the first time the GAA has a central repository of the majority of finals that were recorded and broadcast over the last six decades."

GAA President John Horan said: "This is a fantastic initiative and one that safeguards so much of our history, not just for those who might have been fortunate to see the games the first time around, but for future generations too.

"These games were taken from vaults, where they were kept on video tape, and their digitisation ensures that they can be enjoyed here at the GAA Museum and around the world through the internet.

"I would like to acknowledge the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland whose help was instrumental in making the project happen and I am confident GAA members and supporters everywhere will enjoy countless hours going back through what is a treasure trove of games spanning more than half a century."

Chairperson of the BAI, Prof Pauric Travers, congratulated the GAA on the resource.

"In digitising television recordings of key GAA games and making them available through gaa.ie and the GAA museum, audiences will get to relive the excitement of key matches from football and hurling championships spanning almost six decades."

The GAA said they plan to add further recordings to the archive in time.

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