In 1918 British Authorities made efforts to seriously inhibit and curtail the playing of Gaelic games. In particular there was an order for no GAA activity to be allowed unless a written permit had been sought and granted in advance.
The GAA response was defiant and emphatic, with a call to action made for every club in the country to ignore the demand for a permit and to stage some form of activity in passive disobedience at 3pm on Sunday, August 4, 1918. Reports at the time hailed the initiative as a major success with some 54,000 players having taken part in games at local level.
Gaelic Sunday was not just an act of defiance but also an expression of the pride of GAA members in their clubs, their games, their players and their communities. Although much in life has changed in Ireland over the last 100 years - that pride is very much still in place, and still worth celebrating. Gaelic Sunday was in effect the first ever Lá na gClub.
This Saturday 4th August, 2018 at 11am Ballaghaderreen GAA will commemorate this important event by holding a Go Games event with Western Gaels for U6, U8 & U10 teams. Venue: BALLAGHADERREEN GAA CLUB.
We invite our members, past members, players, supporters, schools in our area and all members of our community to attend to commemorate Lá na gClub.