The GAA v Douglas Hyde

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The Collins Press, Sep 7, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages

On 13 November 1938, just months after his inauguration, President Douglas Hyde attended a soccer match between Ireland and Poland. In a passionate reaction, the GAA declared that by attending a ‘foreign game’, he had broken Rule 27 – the Ban – and they removed him as patron. One of the most controversial incidents in recent GAA history, it strained relations between the GAA and Éamon de Valera’s Fianna Fáil government. It also damaged the standing of the Ban and was used extensively by opponents to argue for its removal.


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GAA Conventions Debate Hydes Removal
Hydes Removal Ratified
The GAA Versus the Government
The GAA Completes a UTurn
Modernism A Mental Cancer
Death and Burial of a President
Woulfe Attack

Hyde Becomes Irelands First President
Jazzing Every Night of the Week
Hyde the Committed Patron
The Year of Ban Controversies
The Soccer Match
The Ban Goes With a Whimper

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Cormac Moore has a Master's degree in history from UCD where he completed his thesis on Douglas Hyde's removal as GAA patron. He is currently pursuing a PhD on a history of soccer in Ireland.