The 1920’s

In many ways, the decade 1920/29 was the most interesting one in the history of Connacht GAA. Four counties won the Connacht senior football title (Roscommon being the odd one out). It was also a decade of objections and counter objections and a Connacht final was even played in Croke park. There were 14 objections, involving all five counties, between 1920 and 1927.

The early part of the decade was was devastated by violence and conflict, and the period that became known as ‘The Troubles’ saw every facet of Irish life affected. Curfews and laws against free assembly meant that the GAA was to suffer greatly in these circumstances. The civil war that followed the Truce and Treaty of december 1921 had a devasting effect on GAA activities throughout 1922.

Yet the GAA seemed to thrive in adversity, and the Association must take credit for healing the wounds of the divisions and bitterness of a civil war that devided families, teams and neighbourhoods, and for uniting the Irish people once again in their love of Gaelic sport and the pursuit of its noble ideas.

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