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Galway Heritage Project

The Gaelic Athletic Association has since its foundation played a significant role in the lives of the people of the county. This is true not just of the players, management and spectators that are an integral part of the clubs. For the organisation’s teams, sporting events, tournaments and social occasions have over the decades shaped and fostered an identity and sense of well-being for local communities and parishes across Ireland.

This project hoped to introduce this rich heritage resource through a series of photographs, text and interviews. Caltra was selected as one of the pilot clubs for this project in Galway and it produced some invaluable content for future generations to enjoy.

One of the most important aspects of this project was collecting interviews from some of the senior members of the club who could give a unique and knowledgeable perspective on a variety of club events from the past. Huge credit must go to John Kelly R.I.P. who started off this process and Anthony Cunniffe who took up the reins after John's untimely death.

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Below are links to various interviews carried out for the project:

Killasolan: Centre of the Universe!

Anthony Cunniffe talks to JP Kelly. JP was a long serving Chairman of Caltra GAA Club and is currently the Chairman of the North East GPC. JP recalls his early memories of football in the parish, and his less than glittering playing career. He also reminisces on the role of previous notable officers and the fingerprints they left on the club.

Skin & Hair Flying! - Parish Rivalries

John Kelly speaks to Tommy Noone from Newtown, Caltra. Tommy recalls the intense rivalries that existed within the parish in the 1940's and 1950's between teams from Caltra, Killasolan and Castleblakeney. This episode is the first part of a two-part interview with Tommy Noone.

Going for the Man rather than than the Ball!

Tommy Noone talks to John Kelly about his memories of his playing career with Caltra GAA during the 1940's and 1950's when Minor teams of that era were not unknown to field over-age players!

History of Caltra GAA

Anthony Cunniffe interviews Mattie Kilroy, a member of the Caltra GAA Club from the early 1960s. During this time he has served as a player, coach and officer as well as being a driving force behind the compilation of the club's history. In this podcast Mattie recalls notable milestones in the development of Gaelic Games in the parish of Caltra.

Captain of 1943 County Champions

John Kelly talks to Paddy Coffey who captained Caltra to the 1943 County Junior Championship. Paddy shares his recollections on the team's efforts to secure the Galway county title that year. He paints a vivid picture of the difficulties that teams faced in those days in relation to communications and transport. 

Cycling to the Matches

Mick Higgins recounts a series of humourous tales on footballing life in Caltra in County Galway during the 1950s, from the difficulties in keeping the one & only football in playing condition!

Club Fundraising: From Carnivals to Lotto

In this podcast John Kelly speaks to Paddy Murray who served as treasurer of Caltra GAA club for many years. Paddy talks of the changes in fundraising from the mid-1970s through to the present day.

First from the Parish

In this interview John Kelly speaks to Bernie Higgins who had a distinguished playing career with club and county, namely Caltra and Galway.

Playing for Prize of a Pair of Boots!

Part 2 of an interview by John Kelly with Bernie Higgins as he reminisces about his footballing career. In this episode, he talks of playing against Fohenagh for the prize of a pair of football boots.

Visit the Galway Digital Heritage Project website here, for more images and content from the club and also various other clubs around the county.