Clare is one of the oldest and strongest of the GAA counties. Indeed, it was the home county of Michael Cusack, the founder of the Association. As with Cork and Galway, there is an east-west division in County Clare. Hurling dominates in the east, football in the west. While Clare has never been a force in football, it has always been a strong hurling county that often failed to play up to its strength. Until the astonishing revival of the 1990s, it hadn't won a senior All-Ireland Championship since 1914, or a Munster Championship since 1932. The great team of the 1970s had the misfortune to be in the same province as one of the greatest of all Cork teams and consequently never won the provincial title. It was one of that team, Ger Loughnane, who eventually forced the breakthrough as manager in 1995. The Clare revival coincided with a massive upsurge of interest in hurling nationally. Seamus O'Reilly's collection of old photographs traces the history of the GAA from the early twentieth century until the present day.
It pays due attention to hurling, football and handball alike, and doesn't neglect the very important social and cultural side of the Association's life in the county.