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Provincial Council of Britain Minute Books

Reference code: GAA/PCB/01
Title: Provincial Council of Britain Minute Books
Covering Dates: 1952-1982
Level of Description: Item/Collection level
Extent: 3 volumes


Biographical history
The Provincial Council of Britain was formed in 1901 to ‘look after the interests of the Association’ in Britain. In 1926 a renewed effort was made to form a truly representative ‘Provincial Council of Britain’.

The minute books contain the minutes of both the annual Provincial Conventions and the meetings of the Provincial Council.

The Provincial Convention is held to consider audited accounts, motions and general Provincial activities. The Convention also elects the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and PRO. Only motions carried at a County Convention may be submitted for consideration by the Provincial Convention. The Provincial Convention may make Bye-Laws, which shall become operative, when sanctioned by the Management Committee (Coiste Bainistí) on behalf of Central Council.

The Provincial Council consists of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and two Representatives from each County, as elected by the Provincial Convention. The Provincial Council remains in office until the conclusion of the following Provincial Convention; meeting no less than four times per year. Subject to the overall jurisdiction of the Central Council, the functions of a Provincial Council include the management of the Provincial Hurling and Football Championships; all matters relating to the management and selection of its Inter-Provincial teams; the control of financial and all other affairs of the Association that are not under the jurisdiction of a County Committee; to carry out the duties of a suspended County Committee; to submit one motion to the Annual Congress; to publish an annual report on the state of the games and games development in the counties under its jurisdiction and to approve physical developments by Clubs and to recommend County Grounds Development to Central Council.

Content and Structure

Scope and Content
Minute books contain the record of all decisions reached at the annual Provincial Conventions and by the Provincial Council. Topics recorded in the minutes include the election of officers; the consideration of referee reports, objections and appeals throughout the Province; the management of County Boards; correspondence and interaction between the GAA in Britain and Ireland; the administration of games and competitions within the Province; the effect emigration (and lack of it) had on the GAA in Britain and the reaction of the GAA in Britain to the outbreak of the political troubles in the North of Ireland.

Conditions of Access and Use

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Language:                                     English
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