GAA enthusiasts encouraged to contribute to 'The Toughest Season'

Book will provide opportunity for GAA community to have the experiences of their individual communities recorded for posterity

GAA enthusiasts encouraged to contribute to 'The Toughest Season'
By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan


AIB and the GAA’s official photographers, Sportsfile, have teamed up to create a picture book - 'The Toughest Season' - and are looking for Gaelic Games communities nationwide to contribute with pictures of their own club and community from the past few months. 

AIB’s documentary and webisode series 'The Toughest Summer' celebrated the strength and resilience of the Gaelic Games community in the face of the challenges generated by the unprecedent halt to sport as well as the joy felt by so many as we returned to play.

'The Toughest Season' will provide an opportunity for the GAA community across the island of Ireland to have the experiences of their individual communities recorded for posterity. There are no strict criteria other than images should reflect the special place occupied by Gaelic Games in Irish society and the role they play in helping to make our communities stronger. 

The book will consist of a combination of the images received from the public alongside those taken by Sportsfile from January up until Friday October 23. Fans can submit their photos by uploading them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #TheToughest. The book will be published in November with the proceeds going to AIB Together’s partner charities, Pieta House, Food Cloud, Soar, Alone and Age NI & Age UK.

Ray McManus, Photographer & Founder of Sportsfile, commented “We in Sportsfile have been taking pictures of Gaelic Games for almost 40 years. We have worked with AIB for more than 30 years stretching back to the beginning of their sponsorship of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Championships and more recently, of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

"This year, unlike any other, has reminded us of the significant contribution Gaelic Games makes to Irish life on and off the pitch and that this is to be both cherished and celebrated. The Toughest Season will do just that and we in Sportsfile are delighted to play a part.”

Be inspired by watching ‘The Toughest Summer’ documentary now on AIB’s YouTube channel at, and for more exclusive content and to see why AIB are backing Club and County follow us on @AIB_GAA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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