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’.