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Enjoy blast from the past

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 4:55pm

Do you ever want to relive the glory days of the seventies or take a look back at that famous All-Ireland win in 1999? Now you can thanks to the launch this week of the GAA Digital Archive.

Viewers anywhere in the world now have free access to 113 All-Ireland finals, stretching back to 1961, and provincial finals from 1961 also feature. The new archive also includes All-Ireland club finals since 1989.

The GAA, in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, launched the archive at Croke Park this week, and in all, over 500 football and hurling matches were retrieved from broadcasters.

As well as being available to access edited highlights of games via gaa.ie, visitors to the GAA Museum at Croke Park will be able to access the games through an interactive touch screen and there will also be an access point in the GAA Museum Reading Room where entire games can be viewed.

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 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.”

Speaking at the launch, Chairperson of the BAI, Prof Pauric Travers said: “I would like to congratulate the GAA on the launch of the GAA Digital Archive today.

“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.”

Visit gaa.ie/gaa-now/archive to access the online archive.

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