Michael Cusack

(1847 - 1906) Irish teacher, founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

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Michael Cusack in (1847 - 1906) Irish teacher, founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)..

He was born in the parish of Carron on the eastern fringe of the Burren, County Clare, in 1847 during the famine.

Cusack became a teacher. He traveled throughout Ireland teaching in Enniscorthy, St Colman's College, Corofin, Lough Cutra, Newry, Blackrock College, Clongowes Wood and Kilkenny College before eventually settling in Dublin.

He opened the Civil Service Academy on Gardiner St. in Dublin, which trained young men for entrance exams for Trinity College, Dublin, medical and law schools and for entry into the navy, army and constabulary.

Together with Maurice Davin, of Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, he called a meeting in Hayes Commercial Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary, on 1 November 1884, and founded the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Davin was elected president and Cusack became its first secretary.

Later, Archbishop Thomas William Croke Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell became patrons.

Cusack died on 27 November 1906 at the age of 59.

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