Carnaross GAA Club, Co. Meath - A82 DW01

Carnaross to mark 100th Anniversary of Gaelic Sunday

Carnaross GFC will be marking the 100 year anniversary of Gaelic Sunday this weekend with an under 8 game against Maghera which will take place at St. Kieran’s Well on Sunday 5th August at 3pm.

The game is part of a series of commemorative events taking place across the country at club and county level this weekend.

Sunday 4th of August 1918 marked one of the most significant days in the history of the GAA. It was the day when the GAA peacefully stood against the British and won. British authorities had attempted to introduce a ban on the playing of Gaelic Games without written authorisation from the police.

The GAA not only objected to this measure, they also decided to defy the order and hold a match in every parish in Ireland at precisely the same time - 3pm on Sunday 4th August. The protest was far more successful than could ever have been imagined and an estimated 54,000 players participated in a game with over 100,000 watching across the entire island. It all ran entirely without major incident and Forced the abandonment of the requirement to seek a license to play a GAA match.

This was not just an act of defiance but also a demonstration of pride of GAA members in their clubs, their games, their players and their communities. To this day, the same sense of pride in still very much in place and is still worth celebrating.