“Just Like An Orange Lodge:” Jarlath Burns on the GAA

In a scathing attack on his own organisation, former Armagh GAA star Jarlath Burns has slammed the GAA’s Disciplinary procedures after it was revealed that all seven Dublin/ Tyrone players who receieved lengthy bans for their involvement in the Big Brawl last month have had their suspensions overturned on a technicality.

  • Pete Baker

    Hmm.. except the GAA hasn’t been quiet in response to this.. at least the GAA President hasn’t.. the county sides.. not so much..

  • Mick Fealty

    You’ve just been Pete Bakered Chris! Welcome to the club!!

  • Chris Donnelly

    That’s a neat trick, Mick. I’ll have to learn that one.

  • lah dee dah

    We all agree, and are told that the GAA also agree, that the disgraceful scenes of grown men fighting is not the sort of thing the GAA should be tolerating. This is very close to promoting it. They’ve made themselves a laughing stock. These scenes can now be repeated ad infinitum?

    Those who look up to these heroes will now feel free to go and repeat these actions on our school pitches, on our streets (e.g. the university area of Belfast), in our A&E hospital depts. and in foreign lands on holiday (we’ve all seen them) perceiving they should be able to do so with inpunity. At least some of them have the dubious excuse of being drunk.

    lah dee dah

  • Bog warrior

    Lah dee dah

    You seem to have made a bit of a jump there. Your theory is that by clearing these suspensions the GAA has in effect condoned on pitch violence and made it more likely that these scenes will be repeated in matches across the country. (Up to that point fairly logical and i find myself largely in agreement). You then state that this will result in a rise in violence/brawling in society at large. This might be your opinion but do you have any evidence that watching violent incidents on a sports field leads to a rise in violence in wider society? Has there been any research on this by sociologists/psychologists? How would you filter out other variables For example, the viewing of violence on TV or films?
    If you want to debate the rigths and wrongs of this particular case fine but the second part of you post is just armchair conjecture and you would need to provide some evidence to back your opinion up.
    Bog Warrior

  • Rory

    When I used attend Gaelic football matchs back in the 1960’s it was a disappointing day indeed when a match did not feature a good punch-up (often spilling over among the spectators) as its highlight.

    So that’s what has been responsible for all the trouble of the intervening forty years. And here’s me all this time thinking it all had something to do with the lack of democracy, the brutal repression of the Civil Rights movement, internment without trial, army and RUC brutality and economic deprivation. Silly old me!

    Thanks for putting me straight, lah dee dah.


    Am I the only one who finds the use of the phrase Just like an Orange lodge offensive?

    Imagine if I had used the term just like a Catholic church in the pejorative sense when describing a cover up of abuse?
    To make the Orange Order synonymous with duplicity is misleading and has sectarian overtones.

  • George

    They’ll be saying you can’t look up referees in the boots of their cars next. This island is going soft I tell you..

  • Rory

    The Orange Order duplicitous? Certainly not, TAFKABO. Ever since its inception it has been unwaveringly vilely anti-Catholic and reactionary and, as far as I can judge, has never, ever waiverered from these principles. And I am sure it can be counted upon to continue in this hallowed tradition.

  • willis



    In his reaction piece today, he states: “They have closed ranks like an Orange lodge and refuse to divulge anything.”

    Nothing about duplicity, just loyalty