Wednesday 21 March 2018

No place to Hyde for President

Nowadays, GAA officials are frequently accused of meddling in affairs that are better left alone, but back in the Congress of 1939, delegates made an emphatic statement.

A motion from Roscommon was presented to the counties at the Congress, held at Dublin's City Hall, which called for the then President of Ireland, Dr Douglas Hyde, to be reinstated as a patron of the Association.

President Hyde had fallen out of favour with the GAA after attending a soccer international between Ireland and Poland at Dalymount Park and delegates were not ready to forgive and forget just yet as they voted to continue to exclude Hyde by 120 votes to 11!

Irish Independent

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