100th Anniversary of Gaelic Sunday   30/07/2018

Over the weekend of August 4/5 this year the GAA will mark thecentenary of Gaelic Sunday.

August 4th 1918 was one of the most remarkable and significantdays in the history of the GAA. It will be forever remembered as Gaelic Sunday-the day when the GAA peacefully stood against the British Empire - and won!

In 1918, the authorities in Ireland tried to impose conscriptionto supplement the war effort but there was massive opposition to this. Therewas great frustration on behalf of the British authorities at this and theyblamed the GAA in part for this opposition. The issue came to a head on July9th when an Ulster Championship match was prevented from taking place inCootehill by Crown Forces.

British Authorities attempted a crackdown on GAA activities byinsisting no matches could take place without prior written permission beingsought and granted. The GAA not only objected they decided to defy the orderand hold a match in every parish in Ireland at precisely the same time - 3pm onSunday 4th August.

The protest was Far more successful than could ever have beenimagined and an estimated 54,000 players participated in a game with over100,000 watching across the entire island. It all ran entirely without majorincident and Forced the abandonment of the requirement to seek a license toplay a GAA match.


This year, August 4th is on a weekend when the All-Ireland Footballquarter-finals involving the four provincial Football winners will take place.The centenary of Gaelic Sunday will be marked in a special way at these matchesover that weekend. Match programmes will Feature informative articles on thehistory and significance of Gaelic Sunday.

All clubs are being asked to also mark this inaugural Lá nagClub in their own way over the weekend of August 4/5. We should celebrate thevision of our Forbearers on Gaelic Sunday, for their actions helped make theGAA what it is today.

The GAA would like clubs to help remember the events of 1918this August 4/5 and to mark the anniversary in whatever way is appropriate anddoes not disrupt the playing of their regular club fixtures.

Some clubs who played each other in matches 100 years ago onGaelic Sunday will play again this August, others are organising club historydays, pitch openings or internal matches or family days to coincide with thisweekend.

Gaelic Sunday was not just an act of defiance but also anexpression of the pride of GAA members in their clubs, their games, theirplayers and their communities. Although much in life has changed in Irelandover the last 100 years - that pride is very much still in place, and stillworth celebrating.

So, share with us your Club’s celebrations. Post photos fromyour day on Instagram or Twitter using #GaelicSunday and you could feature onthis site and on the Big Screen in Croke Park over the weekend. Clubs can alsoadvise Croke Park of their Gaelic Sunday activities via clubnewsletter@gaa.ieand we will cover as many as possible.