Towards a new GAA

Ordinarily I try to avoid linking to the YU blog, but over the past couple of weeks, an interesting discussion has been taking place on this thread by former UYUC Chairman (and UUP DARD spokesman) Kenny Donaldson.

He states that he is not a “GAA basher”, but wishes to see the GAA move beyond its “outdated, discriminatory practices”.

  • Bored

    Maca, as a Republican and fellow Irishman – PLEASE – stop posting – you’re an embarrasment. If you insist on persisting then at least learn to spell ‘contentious’.

  • Realist

    maca,

    The comparison is as basic as it is stark…there are sectarian bigots within the ranks of both GAA supporters and NI football fans.

    This “we don’t have a problem with sectarianism” head in the sand stuff is most regrettable.

  • Paul

    Bored,

    “Maca, as a Republican and fellow Irishman”

    I’m confused.
    Several weeks ago when I referred to you as a:

    “historically magnificent, pure-blooded Gaelic beacon of light”

    You responded:

    “Paul – I’m English you twat”
    (http://www.sluggerotoole.com/archives/2005/07/bertie_will_you.php#readcomment)

    I really didn’t mind being called a twat, but I hope you weren’t telling porkies to make a point?!

  • lala

    Gaelic Football makes soccer look unbelievably crap.

  • Realist

    “Gaelic Football makes soccer look unbelievably crap”

    In what regard lala?

  • maca

    Bored
    “Maca, as a Republican and fellow Irishman – PLEASE – stop posting – you’re an embarrasment. “

    If Mick has a problem with me posting he can ban me. You on the other hand can kiss my winky. :-p

    Realist
    “The comparison is as basic as it is stark…there are sectarian bigots within the ranks of both GAA supporters and NI football fans.”

    Your comparison is false.
    Yes there are bigots among both organisations supporters, there’s no doubt about that and that’s not what we were discussing.

    “This “we don’t have a problem with sectarianism” head in the sand stuff is most regrettable.””

    Please now Stewart, cop on to yourself.

  • Realist

    maca,

    I’m not playing games, I’m merely stating facts.

    Fact is this…some so-called Tyrone GAA supporters decided after a few bevvies on Saturday to physically attack a RBP parade in Castlederg.

    That is an act of blatant sectarianism.

    I would concur with the viewpoint that the RBP should have been allowed nowhere near a staunchly nationalist/republican area of Castlederg by the PC, but that does not detract from the fact that sectarian bigots decided to have some “sport” by beating seven shades of shit out of old men.

    I would also concur with the viewpoint that the incident had nothing to do with the GAA hierarchy…similarly, the IFA cannot be held responsible for the actions of a couple of bigots who go into a pub to watch a football match.

  • Bored

    Paul – my father is English, my mother is Irish. Calling myself English during the course of the thread you’ve so impressively recalled was probably (on mature reflection) stretching things a bit to make a point.

    I am Irish and consider myself so, that said, am I a “historically magnificent, pure-blooded Gaelic beacon of light”? Given my parental provenance, plainly not.

    I just felt at the time that you were making assumptions about my ‘Irishness’ which were untrue.

    The ironly of all of this is that my 04:41 PM to Maca was actually meant as a joke. He had commented on my need to deploy a spell-checker on a previous post (See – “What’s to love?”) and I was just returning the favour in what (I thought) was a suitably transparently piss-taking tone.

    Apologies all round folks.

  • lala

    “In what regard lala?”

    It just bores me. I sometimes watch match of the day, but a full game almost makes me fall asleep. Damn it bores me, I can’t see the excitement. Whereas I almost have a fit watching my county play gaelic. So exciting. I also have fundamental problems with soccer players. The money they get paid is ridiculous, and I find it hard to support any team.

  • Best_fans_in_the_world

    Maca and Co

    I wouldn’t expect the BBC to make any references to GAA fans being involved. However, the coverage of the incident in the Sunday Life and UTV makes reference to it.

  • maca

    Bored
    “and I was just returning the favour in what (I thought) was a suitably transparently piss-taking tone.”

    Note the smiley at the end of my response, it was ‘transparent’ enough 🙂

  • Realist

    lala,

    I guess it’s whatever rocks your boat.

    There are some very poor soccer games (you should see the Irish League), but every now and again there’s a game which is sensational…last seasons Champions League Final being a case in point.

    I’m sure the same applies equally to Gaelic football….I believe many of the pundits slated some of the earlier games in this years Championship for example, but there have been some crackers of late.

  • Baluba

    Bored. You’re an Irish Republican? Seriously? I’ve read many of your insultingly disparaging threads on the working class people of Belfast, not to mention your bull….on this thread.

    You’re an embarrassment. I actually wince when I read your posts. I wince an Irish Republican wince.

    I don’t always agree with what Maca has to say about numerous topics, but he is always succinct, balanced, non-sectarian and not a complete w”£ker, which is a serious change from reading anything that comes from you.

    I’ve appealed to have you banned before, I appeal again. You offer this site nothing.

    English or Irish, it’s obvious that you aren’t very bright. You are a snob and a bigot.

  • maca

    “not a complete w”£ker”

    *sniff* that’s about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me … today at least *sniff*

  • Bored

    “Bored. You’re an Irish Republican? Seriously? I’ve read many of your insultingly disparaging threads on the working class people of Belfast, not to mention your bull….on this thread.”

    Firstly Baluba I haven’t at any stage of any thread ever criticised the ‘working class people of Belfast’. Kindly provide examples if you disagree. I HAVE criticised the refuse to work class people of Belfast on a regular basis and make no apologies for it.

    Secondly, even if I had criticised the working class people of Belfast how the fuck is that incompatible with being a Republican (and bear in mind before you lurch for your keyboard that I’m a Republican in the French rather than the Ardoyne sense of the word) ?

    Thirdly, as regards your petulant and puerile appeals for my banning from this site – they appear to have gone unheeded – does that tell you anything?

    Feel free to call for my expulsion from the site as often as you see fit.

    P.S. you’re prissy primary school style of self-censorship e.g. ‘w”£ker’, ‘bull….’ etc. say it all.

  • aidan devlin

    in response to aye(8th of august).i am a memeber of cathal brugha waterpolo club and if u’ve not realised it by now waterpolo clubs are not part of the GAA and have no republican/terrorist affialiations apart from the name