The second leg of the first ever soccer match between Poland and Ireland, which took place in Dublin on November 15, 1938, was attended by the President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, and the Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera. The match result was 3–1 to Ireland. As a result of his attendance, President Hyde was removed as Patron of the GAA. At that time, rule 27, or ‘the ban’, prohibited members of the GAA from playing games or attending functions organised by those promoting ‘foreign’ sports.
Photo: President Hyde and Consul Dobrzyński welcome the players (Cantwell Family Archives)