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Pádraig Puirséal Collection

Patrick Purcell

UCD Library Special Collections holds the Pádraig Puirséal Collection.
The Collection

The Puirséal Sports Collection consists of books and pamphlets formerly owned by Pádraig Puirséal (Patrick Purcell).  Puirséal (1914-1979) was a novelist and the GAA correspondent for the Irish Press from 1970-1979.  The GAA in Its Time, based on his research, was published posthumously in 1982.

Collection Highlights

There are numerous club histories issued to commemorate club and GAA anniversaries, some of which are also souvenir programmes. There are also a number of books/pamphlets on Gaelic sports including those written by Séamus Ó Ceallaigh in the 1940s. Other ball games, rowing, athletics, horse and greyhound racing as well as sport reference works, are also represented.


• G.A.A Annuals/Yearbooks
• Club/Parish annuals
• Club Histories
• Souvenir programmes

Other Sports

• American Football
• Athletics & Olympic Games
• Baseball
• Boxing
• Cricket
• Encyclopaedias of sport
• Golf
• Greyhound racing
• Horse Racing
• Lawn Tennis
• Rowing
• Rugby
• Shinty
• Soccer

Access and Use
More Information
Find information on Pádraig Puirséal in the (opens in a new window)Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie