GAA Central Council and Annual Congress Minutes

Central Council/Annual Congress Minute Books, 1899-1982

Reference Code: GAA/CC/01
Title: Ard Chomhairle Minute Books
Covering Dates: 1899-1982
Level of Description: Item/Collection level
Extent: 46 volumes


Biographical history
Congress is the supreme governing body of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The functions of Congress are to consider the reports and audited accounts of the Central Council and its subsidiary Councils for the preceding year up to 31st of December; to elect the President of the Association; to consider motions and to enact, amend or rescind rules, and to determine Association Policy in broad outline. Congress consists of the outgoing Council, the past Presidents and delegates from the counties on the basis of one delegate from each ten affiliated clubs, with the maximum representation of any one County restricted to ten delegates. Congress meets once a year, the venue selected by the Central Council, but with the support of two-thirds of its members Central Council may summon a Special Congress.

Central Council is the governing body of the Gaelic Athletic Association between Congress. Its jurisdiction extends over the whole Association in all matters. It appoints Trustees to hold funds, investments and the property of the Association. It controls the All-Ireland Championships, Inter-Provincial and National League Competitions. It elects members to the Management Committee and, at every meeting, considers the report from the Management Committee on its activities. It is Central Council who appoints a Director General, who is the Chief Executive of the Association.

Content and Structure

Scope and Content
Minute books contain the record of all decisions reached by Congress, Central Council and subsidiary bodies. Topics recorded throughout the minutes include the passing, or rejection, of motions before Annual Congress; the reading and adoption of referee reports; the sanctioning of transfers; changes to the playing rules of the Association games; policy making decisions relating to the organisation of the Association in Ireland and abroad; the purchase and development of GAA grounds and stadia; the relationship between the Association and the Irish State. Individual topics of note include the purchase of Jones Road Sports Ground [Croke Park]; the GAA during the period 1916-1924; the removal of President Hyde as a Patron of the GAA; the organisation of the 1947 Polo Grounds Final; the outbreak of political troubles in the North of Ireland and the publication of the Report of the Commission on the GAA (McNamee Report)

Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions governing access: Access is strictly by appointment only using the 
                                                         provided application form.
Language:                                     English, Irish
Finding Aid:                                   Descriptive list