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TG4 programme visits Kerry to get the stories behind some of the Kingdom’s Gaelic games cups and trophies

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Presenter Gráinne McElwain finds out about the Bishop Moynihan Cup, a much-loved camogie cup named after Veronica Stack, and the Dermot Earley Cup presented to the winner of the Comortás Peil Páidí Ó Sé

Grainne McElwain with Páidi Óg Ó Sé in Ventry along with the Dermot Earley Cup

A new TG4 series that explores the stories of some of Ireland’s Gaelic games trophies will delve behind some of Kerry’s GAA cups and trophies this week when it airs on Wednesday at 8.30pm.

The second series of Scéalta na gCorn takes presenter Gráinne McElwain back on the road again as she travels across Ireland visiting clubs and county grounds, learning the lesser-known stories behind our nation’s Gaelic games trophies. She will find out how some cups are named after Irish revolutionary patriots, how other trophies are named after sporting heroes such as Nickey Rackard and Dermot Earley and how even more are named after grassroots members, their memory perpetuated through the trophies and cups in their honour.

Episode two of Scéalta na gCorn – TG4, Wednesday at 8.30pm – takes Gráinne to Kerry, a county that has its fair share of Gaelic games silverware. She hears about the cup that every footballer in the county wants to get their hands on – the Bishop Moynihan Cup – and learns of a much-loved camogie cup named after Veronica Stack.

She also pays a visit to Austin Stack Park to hear about footballing hero Con Brosnan, and the Donegal woman then travels to Ventry and the Páidí Ó Sé tournament to discover a cup named after a Roscommon man, Dermot Earley.

Grainne McElwain visits Austin Stack Park and speaks to Dara Ó Cinnéide as part of her TG4 programme

The series started last week with McElwain visiting the home of hurling – Semple Stadium in Tipperary. In the third episode Gráinne travels to Wexford, where she hears about a cup in memory of hurling giant Nickey Rackard, among other silverware in that county.

For the fourth episode Gráinne heads north to the first of three stops in Ulster – county Down. Her first visit is to Páirc Esler, where she meets Kevin Mussen, the first man to carry the Sam Maguire cup across the border.

Episode 5 sees McElwain in Tyrone where she hears about the football cup named after the Earl of Tyrone, Hugh the Great O’Neill and the cup every university footballer wants to get their hands on, the Sigerson Cup. She also visits the parish of Eglish where she learns more about the prize presented for the International Rules Series – the Cormac McAnallen Cup.

The Scéalta na gCorn series finishes in Cavan, as Gráinne finds out about the multitude of cups the county has to offer. She hears how the most sought-after football trophy in the province – the Anglo-Celt Cup – got its name and finds out about a tournament played in memory of footballing hero John Joe O’Reilly.

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