Gaelic Football, Adelaide 1843-1853

More information on the eternal debate as to the origins of Australian Rules from the Manning index of South Australian History. It was a time when Westmeath were kings, intermittent violence was fashionable and reagaling yourself with a portion of roasted ox was de rigueur.
Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh, honorary President of the Asian County Board and the voice of Gaelic Games put me on to this source after he had a photo taken with Viet & Toan of the Viet Celts at the Asian Gaelic Games 2008 in Penang, Malaysia.
Huy & Thu of the Viet Celts, present  Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh with a mahogany hurley in Bangkok at the Asian Gaelic Games  2009. Also present are Paraic McGrath ACB Chairman & Peter Goff former ACB Secretary.
Clint Lambert, Adam Kelly and Colm Ross, three men who made intermittent violence fashionable again, more than 150 years later at another challenge, the KL Challenge 2009
Jim Kiernan
The Manning index of South Australian History
On Saint Patrick’s Day in 1843 a conglomerate of expatriate Irishmen announced that:
    A few of the colonists from the Emerald Isle intend this day enjoying themselves in honour of their Saint with a game of football. After which with their friends they hope to regale themselves with a portion of an ox to be roasted whole opposite the Market House, Thebarton, this day at 2 pm.
Ten years later Patrick McCarron, proprietor of the Foresters’ and Squatters’ Arms Hotel, placed an advertisement in the local press:


    TWELVE MEN of Westmeath offer to PLAY at FOOTBALL twelve men from any of the counties in Ireland, or six each from two counties, at Thebarton on Easter Monday. Play to commence at 12 o’clock.
This game was, apparently, “Caid”, a forerunner to Gaelic football, played by teams of interminable number and with unlimited duration, “or until the players were thirsty”, coupled with intermittent violence.
Manning Index

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