Title

A Short History of GAA Cancellations and Postponements

Document Type

Other

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

3.3 HEALTH SCIENCES, 5.4 SOCIOLOGY

Publication Details

Updated / Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 15:41

Abstract

Like many sports, Gaelic games has been forced before to postpone and abandon important fixtures because of weather and health issues. Often, though, it has been due to entirely preventable reasons. Shortly after the GAA was established, it was decided to send two teams of hurlers as well as a number of the best all-round athletes that the country could produce to America and Canada in 1888 to give exhibitions in Gaelic pastimes, and also to compete with the athletes in America. The intent of the 1888 American Invasion Tour was twofold: fundraising and cultural preservation. But weather conditions, disputes between associations and player boycotts resulted in financial losses and an incomplete GAA championship.

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