The cost of hurleys, the British Army at Crossmaglen and local radio are among the matters discussed at the GAA Annual Congress.

Around three hundred Irish delegates were joined by representatives from Britain, America and Australia for the GAA Annual Congress in Belfast in the year of the centenary celebrations of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Speaking at the event in the Forum Hotel, the President of the GAA Paddy Buggy cautioned that the work of Congress must be carried out to ensure a secure future for the organisation. Topics for discussion at the congress ranged from the price of hurleys to the annual motion calling on the British army to withdraw from GAA grounds in Crossmaglen in County Armagh.

There was also a call for the GAA to get involved in local radio stations when they are legalised. 
Paddy Buggy says that local radio should be community based and sport is a part of the community. 

I believe that we have to be involved with local radio if it is legalised.


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 April 1984. The reporter is Gary Honeyford.