The famed baseball hat belonging to now former Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody is up for discussion as part of a talk at this year’s Red Line Festival in Dublin.
While it may not be the sole topic of conversation, it will form part of a session on the history of the GAA in 100 objects, “offering a new perspective on the GAA through a range of objects from museums, pubs and private collections.”. Be it the well-worn Glanbia cap or a black Kilkenny GAA hat, the headwear was very much a part of Cody’s 24-season reign over the Cats.
Siobhán Doyle leads the session at Tallaght Stadium discussing everything from Michael Cusack’s blackthorn stick to Brian Cody’s baseball cap, to create a history of the GAA that also functions as a history of Ireland and its people. Her new book, A History of the GAA in 100 Objects is due out next month on Merrion Press.
It’s all part of this year’s Red Line Festival, which adds a focus on sport and wellbeing events this year.
Other speaks include author Jonathan Wilson his biography on the life and times of Bobby and Jack Charlton while the FAI’s Gareth Maher and RTÉ’s George Hamilton will look at thirty years of Irish footballers in the Premier League, with insights from Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Niall Quinn, Shay Given and more.
The Red Line Festival is produced by South Dublin Libraries and Arts at South Dublin County Council offering a programme of events and workshops in six different strands: Literary, Sport & Wellbeing, Music & Performance As Gaeilge, Crime & Horror and Family.
The festival appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms. See www.redlinefestival.ie for the full programme of events taking place across all venues.