Posted by eir GAA

Rule 27 is deleted at Belfast Congress.

Banning the ban

Rule 27 banned those who had played or attended rugby, soccer, hockey or cricket from playing Gaelic games. Having its origins in 1885, the ban was lifted, made optional and finally restored to compulsory in 1904. Twenty-three years later, a motion was passed allowing the ban to be debated every three years. In 1971, the ban on “foreign” games was lifted but the rule on British soldiers and policemen remained.