Rule 27, the ban on foreign games, is removed from the GAA Constitution.

Rule 27 forbade members of the Gaelic Athletic Association from playing or attending foreign sports. Mick Dunne reports from the GAA Annual Congress in Belfast on Easter Sunday 1971 when with having to have a vote the Rule 27 was abolished. 

This was the first GAA Annual Congress to be held in Ulster. Speaking to the assembled GAA members GAA President Pat Fanning describes the occasion as one of the most historic since the foundation of the organisation in 1884. He also outlines what the future may hold for a reshaped GAA without Rule 27. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 April 1971.

Weekend Sport : Rule 27 Removed

'Weekend Sport' broadcast a report from the Congress showing President Pat Fanning declare an end to Rule 27. In this address he describes the rule as

A rule of life and reflected and epitomised the very spirit of our association. The Rule deleted. What then?