McElduff stands up for the Ulstermen…

SINN Fein’s Barry McElduff took one small step at the weekend to stand up for the Ulstermen at Ravenhill (apologies for mixed metaphor). While rugby is an all-Ireland sport, Barry hadn’t been to a game before, perhaps because it’s perceived by some to be associated with unionism in Northern Ireland. However, he seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and says he would also accept an invitation to Windsor Park. Barry’s not the first to have crossed the (try?) line to the ‘other side’ – earlier this year the DUP’s then sports minister Edwin Poots attended a GAA game. Perhaps this explains the rather puerile grafitti outside Falls Park at the moment – ‘St Poots GAA’.

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    Was at the game myself – he picked a good one to attend. Ravenhill has always welcomed people of all political and religeous persuasions so no surprise really. I think he’s be pleasently surprised if he visited Windsor as well.

  • RepublicanStones

    Whilst listening to wee Barry on Talkback during my lovely relaxing bank holiday, Dunseath asked him about what flags he saw. He mentioned seeing the onion jack, but then said he saw a flag with the red hand (lovely irish symbol) on it with a predominantly yellow background. Surely he must have known this to be the Ulster flag????? Anyone else listen to the show?

  • Surely the St Poots thing is a reference to St Paul’s cancelling the booking for the IRSP?

  • … he would also accept an invitation to Windsor Park.

    Mean wee shite. Why not buy his own ticket?

    😉

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘Mean wee shite. Why not buy his own ticket?’

    You know how difficult it is to live on those ‘industrial wages’, esp with the crunch in full swing !

  • Daisy

    “Ravenhill has always welcomed people of all political and religeous persuasions so no surprise really”

    I’ve never felt any sense of sectarianism at Ravenhill. Like Gaelic games, fans from opposing teams mingle and enjoy the game without tearing chunks from each other.

    “perhaps because it’s perceived by some to be associated with unionism in Northern Ireland”

    In no small part because of the segregation of sport and education in NI.

  • Ravenhill – one of the few places where both the 6 county and the 9 county flags are flown.

  • An Lochlannach

    He mentioned seeing the onion jack…

    Well I knew that the Welsh wave leeks but this is just surreal.

  • Dewi

    Astonished Ulster won – how long will it take for Bowe to become naturalised Welsh? Playing wonderfully so far…

  • Michael Robinson

    how long will it take for Bowe to become naturalised Welsh?

    About as long as it took Simon Easterby…

    (great try by Bowe for the Ospreys over the weekend, btw)

  • graduate

    Maybe wee barry should be the mascot for the Ulster rugby team seeing as it’s the first time they’ve won for a while 🙂
    Joking aside, pleased to see him there and pleasnatly surprised by his comments in the Newsletter today. Has no-one told him the shinners are currenlty throwing the teddy out of the pram? Mind you, maybe there’s hope for this place yet if Pootsie and Barry can cross over and not go up in smoke.
    More please

  • Dewi

    Seriously, it’s cool, nowt sectarian about Rugby -Just Ulster have had a dreadful start…I know I have asked before but what is Mike Gibson doing these days ? A wonderful centre -he’s never on the tele…and he kept a bloke from my village out of the 71 Lions….

  • pith

    Good on him. It’s a Bob Dylan thing.

  • Dewi

    pith – elaborate?

  • Michael Robinson

    what is Mike Gibson doing these days ?

    He was working as a solicitor in a Belfast firm but he must be at or near retirement age now.

  • Dewi

    “He was working as a solicitor in a Belfast firm but he must be at or near retirement age now. ”

    I bet he could still get into the Ulster team….

  • pith

    Dewi,

    The Times They Are A Changing. I think it’s great that Barry McElduff was at Ravenhill. Cynically, I might suggest that a lower ranking Sinn Fein rep attending a Magners League game is of more value than a Sinn Fein president attending a European Cup final. There are very obvious reasons why people of all traditions can tune into the provincial rugby team.

    Anyway ‘graduate’ suggests that wee Barry should be mascot for Ulster. He can help Sparky if he likes but he can never replace him.

  • Dewi

    Pith – as long as you keep losing to Welsh teams I don’t care !!!! (Not true – Sinn Fein people can come and watch you lose as long as you want !)

  • pith

    Dewi,

    Somehow I don’t think Scarlets will be sending us a 3rd string in early December.

    As for Mike Gibson keeping that bloke from your village out of the Lions, sure he still had the sheep.

  • Dewi

    Oh What’s with the sheep thing – it’s a bit boring…..

  • pith

    …like the rest of the country.

  • Dewi

    “like the rest of the country. ”

    What ? Your country or mine?

  • Mike

    Daisy

    “I’ve never felt any sense of sectarianism at Ravenhill. Like Gaelic games, fans from opposing teams mingle and enjoy the game without tearing chunks from each other. ”

    Is your first sentence supposed to relate in some way to your second?

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    So an Ulsterman stands up for the Ulster Rugby team! Great stuff, well done!

  • Ulsters my homeland

    [b]McElduff stands up for the Ulstermen…[/b]

    LOL, McElduff wouldn’t even know the traits of a true Ulsterman if he was given them for free. He’s been brought up in the expansionist Irish Catholic school system, so his understanding of being Ullish is subservient to a higher identity.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    [i]Ravenhill – one of the few places where both the 6 county and the 9 county flags are flown.[/i]

    why not have a new ulster flag?, just for Ulster people, without any allegiance to 6 counties, 9 counties, 7 or 8 ?

    would the Catholic people agree?

  • … being Ullish .. !!!

    You are so full of Ull-shit, UMH

  • RepublicanStones

    Whats ullish pray tell?

    Also does the Dáil have plans for the Isle of Man, or maybe you could explain the use of the term expansionist?

    I agree though with this idea of throwing of the subservience of a higher identity. So you’ll not be calling yourself British anytime soon 😉

    (I have a feeling im going to be sorry for asking this)

  • ggn

    RS,

    I think Mainnín Bheag Mhín is safe enough.

    What do think of the tune?

    http://www.myspace.com/skeeal

  • RepublicanStones

    Ceoil tradisiúnta as Mainnín Bheag Mhín?

    Is maith liom….agus tú fein?

  • ggn

    Gaeilge le blas measartha Sasanach!

    Iontach!

  • 7 of 9

    6 counties