Presidents of the GAA: Pádraig MacNamee

Pádraig MacNamee (1896–1975), Antrim, was the thirteenth president of the GAA (1938-1943).

A life-long Irish language enthusiast, who worked as an examiner for the Northern Ireland Education Board, MacNamee was the first Ulsterman to serve as president of the GAA.

MacNamee is best remembered as the president of the GAA at the time of the removal of Douglas Hyde as patron of the GAA.[1].

In his honour, each year the GAA presents the McNamee awards for excellence in the areas of communication, public relations and journalism, specifically in relation to the GAA.[2]. This was not an easy decision, particularly as Hyde had done so much to promote the Irish language, an issue close to MacNamee’s heart.[3]

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