Harry Boland and the GAA

Harry Boland and the GAA

Faughs GAA Club, Wellington Lane, Templeogue, Dublin D6W WF20

Elected to the Dublin County Board aged 20 in 1907. Elected Chairman in 1911 and re-elected during subsequent years. Still remembered for his proposals to the 1913 GAA Congress that referees allow a fouled player to play through (The Advantage Rule) and that the number of players be reduced from 17 a side to fifteen. Both changes instrumental in making hurling a faster-moving and more skilful game.

Switching from the Rathmines to the Faughs Hurling Club, Harry won a Dublin Senior Hurling Medal in 1914 in the Faughs full-back line. Harry ended his formal hurling career in 1916, having won medals for two Dublin Senior Hurling Championships and two Senior Hurling Leagues.

Assessing Boland’s skill as a hurler, Faughs’ legend and twice All Ireland winner, Tommie Moore, described Boland as a fine hurler, “… he could have been a real inter-county star but you’d never know when you had him. He’d hardly train at all. He was too busy with other things – national things.”

Faughs GAA Club Clár an Lae (PDF)

12.00pm Official Opening of Faughs GAA Pitch with Representatives from the Dublin Co Board

Presentation: Harry Boland Silver Cup (replica) for the Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championships.

Replica of Harry Boland Silver CupOriginal was presented to Harry Boland by the New York Chapter of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic at the Hotel McAlpin on 26 December 1921, the eve of Harry’s third and final departure from the US to return to Dublin to participate in the Treaty Debate at Dáil Éireann.

Now on display at Irish Embassy in Washington DC

12.15pm Faughs Minor Hurling v Camross, Laois

Halftime: Faughs Juvenile Hurling and Camogie matches v Kevin’s GAA

1.30pm Faughs Senior Adult Camogie v Skerries Harps

Halftime: Faughs Juvenile Hurling and Camogie matches v Kevin’s GAA

3pm Commemorative 1922 Match:

Faughs Hurling (representing Dublin) v Harry Boland’s (Chicago)

Referee: Diarmuid Ó Loing, Bondi Gaels and Australasia CLG, and great-grandnephew of Harry Boland.

4pm Faughs History and Museum Display presented by Historians in Residence at SDCC and DCC

Liz Gillis, Historian in Residence at SDCC, and Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence at Dublin City
Council, will present items on display in Faughs Museum.

Refreshments and Music Session in Clubhouse