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GAA to hold a ‘Gaelic Sunday’ in defiance of permit order
The Tipperary hurling team outside Clonmel train station, 26 Aug 1910 Photo: National Library of Ireland, P_WP_2231

GAA to hold a ‘Gaelic Sunday’ in defiance of permit order

Dublin, 22 July 1918 - The Central Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has held a special meeting at its offices at 68 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin. The meeting, at which there was a full attendance and at which President James Nowlan presided, was summoned to consider how to proceed with the organisation of matches in light of the existing conditions in the country.

Since the introduction of the prohibition on public meetings without permits at the beginning of July, there have been numerous reports of interference with GAA fixtures throughout Ireland.

The Central Council unanimously decided that under no circumstances will any permit be applied for.

Statement issued by the GAA to organise a series of matches throughout the country on August 4, 1918, later known as ‘Gaelic Sunday’. (Image: GAA)

Furthermore, it was decided that an instruction be sent to provincial councils, county committees, leagues and clubs that this decision must be strictly adhered to and that any individual or club infringing the order will become automatically and indefinitely suspended. The order is to also apply to sports promoting bodies and to all registered athletes and cyclists.

Finally, it was decided to organise a ‘Gaelic Sunday’ throughout Ireland, the particulars of which are to be announced in due course.

Also discussed at the meeting were letters, received by the Central Council, from individuals previously identified with soccer and rugby expressing their outrage at the ‘banning’ of national pastimes and asking for readmission to the GAA, to which they have promised their wholehearted support in future.

In all cases, it was agreed to accede to these requests.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


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