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Hon. Secretary's Notes - 28 January 2019 (The History of the GAA, Mark Duncan)
Published on 28/01/2019

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1. The President welcomed all members to the fourth meeting of the club in 2019.

2. The President reminded all members who haven’t paid the subscription that it should be paid to the Treasurer Paddy MacManus.

3. The President reminded members who wish to attend the Jekyll and Hyde performance in the Pavilion on the 14 March (tickets 20 euro) should sign the notification sheet being circulated.

4. The President introduced Mark Duncan guest speaker. The President said that Mark is the founder of a research and production company called “Inquest” involved in research, education, media, exhibitions, publishing and public affairs. The output of the company includes the publication of books, documentaries, delivery of exhibitions and websites, management of large scale legal and historical research projects and the provision of analysis of public policy.

5. Inquest also manages research and holds editorial responsibility for an array of R.T.E. News and current affairs output. The company has worked on projects in Ireland, Britain and the US and it’s clients include R.T.E., T.G.4, Setanta Sport, Eir, The Bank Officials Association, Engineers Ireland, and the EU Commission as well as the GAA and an array of Government Departments and Agencies, Boston College UCD and other third level institutions.

6. Marc has also written or contributed to a wide range of publications including “Creating Ireland” research on the role of humanities and social science “Handling Change” a history of Irish Bank Officials Assocation, “The GAA a peoples history” “Transformations – How Research is changing Ireland” “National College of Ireland – Past present and future” Marc is one of the contributors to a book on the “GAA – 1884 to 2009”. Marc is also a director of Century Ireland which has been commissioned by the Department of Arts Culture and the Gaeltacht to create a digital newspaper or online resource for information and analysis on that critical period in Modern Irish History the Irish State’s plan to commemorate the revolutionary decade of 1913-22. Century Ireland is hosted by RTE in partnership with all the corporate and leading educational institutions within the State and finally Marc is also involved with Boston College working on the GAA oral history project. Marc will be talking about that most successful communal organisation the GAA.

7. Apologies Tony Allright.

John Ryan

Hon Secretary