The GAA V Douglas Hyde: The Removal of Ireland's First President as GAA PatronPaperback
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- Publisher: The Collins Press
- Format: Paperback | 232 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 21mm | 330g
- Publication date: 3 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: Cork
- ISBN 10: 1848891520
- ISBN 13: 9781848891524
- Illustrations note: B&W photos
- Sales rank: 420,363
Gaelic League, patron of the GAA and staunch advocate of Irish culture, he was inaugurated as the first President of Ireland in June 1938. The GAA: The pillar of Irish sporting culture, the Association was intensely proud of its traditions. Rule 27 ('The Ban'): 'Any member of the Association who plays or encourages in any way rugby, football, hockey or any imported game which is calculated to injuriously affect our National Pastimes, is suspended from the Association.' On 13 November 1938, just months after his inauguration, President 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 and removed him as patron. One of the most contentious incidents in GAA history, it strained relations between the GAA and Eamon de Valera's Fianna Fail government. It also damaged the credibility of the Ban and was used extensively by opponents to argue for its removal. Cormac Moore explores Hyde's rise to prominence and his relationship with the GAA, as well as the background to the Ban itself. He examines arguments for and against the decision to remove Hyde as patron, as well as the national and international reaction, which this controversial decision received.
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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.
"Uses contemporary press reports to considerable effect while drawing on the significant body of academic scholarship of the GAA that has appeared in recent years [...] the chapters are cleverly arranged to bring the reader through the fascinating story [Moore] has to tell." The Irish Times "One of the most interesting studies of the GAA ever published." Sunday Independent "'Fascinating book ... Moore is excellent on the hypocrisies involved in the decision [to remove President Hyde as GAA patron]." Sunday Business Post "This is a fascinating story told with verve and presents both sides of the argument - a good read." Books Ireland "Moore's book is a brilliant departure from the sports history that currently exists in Ireland - although ostensibly about one thing, he manages to draw into the picture a great many things [ - ] that show sport history at its best." Scolaire Staire "An absorbing new book." Mayo News "Unique and captivating." East Cork Journal