“Sport has tremendous potential to bring communities together..”

What had previously been a personal opinion would now appear to be the ministerial view as the Northern Ireland Sports Minister, officially, “encourage[s] the GAA to carry out a full investigation into the activities of 16 August at Galbally and to make a full statement as soon as possible.” That would be the activities noted here and not necessarily the activities noted here.. ANYhoo.. [Adds BBC report]. The Irish Times report adds

When contacted GAA headquarters referred the matter of the commemoration at its ground in Galbally to the organisation’s Ulster Council which said it had no comment to make on the matter at this time. GAA sources acknowledged, however, that holding the commemoration on its ground in Galbally is contrary to rule 7 (a) of the organisation.

A similar situation arose in 2006 when a major commemoration was held in Casement Park in Belfast on the 25th anniversary of the hunger strikes. The instruction from Croke Park not to hold the commemoration in Casement Park was ignored. Subsequently, the GAA refused to make tickets available to senior Sinn Féin members for the 2006 hurling and football All-Ireland finals, a decision Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described as “childish”.

Updated below the fold.Update From the BBC report

The GAA are to investigate a hunger strike commemoration held at a GAA club in County Tyrone.

The GAA’s Ulster Council said it has had no involvement in the affair, however, the body’s central council has asked it to establish what happened.

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  • cury o

    Haven’t we already had a thread about this issue?

  • Tim

    ‘Haven’t we already had a thread about this issue? ‘

    Agreed. Pointless & detrtacts from the other thread.

    Why not simply add your links to the comments section on the main thread ??

  • Pete Baker

    Because guys, in my opinion, the extra detail is worth putting above the fold.

    You disagree. Which is fine.

    But it’s the extra detail that is important.

  • fin

    The wearing of different hats and speaking in different capacities takes another turn, as far as I can see in the Newsletter in his capacity as MLA Nelson appears to be quoting the rule he claims was broken 7a, but I seem to recall that in his capacity as Sports Miister Nelson claimed to know very little about the GAA including who were all Ireland champions, he seems to dumb down when he’s a minister.

    Anyway shame he didn’t follow the other Nelson and put the telescope to his blind eye and said I see no republicans there

  • Chris Donnelly

    Nice heading by Pete, not least because it contradicts the Minister’s own view on that shared stadium we were supposed to have at the Long Kesh/ Maze site.

    Given what we know about Fianna Fail and Fine Gael organised party political events held at GAA premises in the past six months, highly unlikely tickets will be withheld from elected party leaders this time around.

    In any case, some of those southern leaders wouldn’t probably want to be on hand to see Sam head north again in a few weeks’ time. 😉

  • fair_deal

    Pete

    OSF are claiming the DCAL Minister got them barred from using Strabane Public Library for an OSF event about the IRA youth wing.
    http://ograshinnfein.blogspot.com/2009/08/century-of-youth-in-struggle-talk-set.html
    http://ograshinnfein.blogspot.com/2009/08/successful-youth-in-struggle-talk-held.html

  • one of the guys

    ‘But it’s the extra detail that is important’

    Methinks that it’s keeping her lit that’s important to you, Pete.

  • fin

    sorry guys, Pete’s not available at the moment, one of his sources has just been in touch regarding what Gerry Adams had in his sandwiches today, so he’s off writing this evenings post.

  • Mick Fealty

    I case you guys missed here’s what the GAA told the Irish Times about whether there was a breach or not (http://url.ie/28va) [hint: it’s also in the text you’ve NOT been reading above]:

    GAA sources acknowledged, however, that holding the commemoration on its ground in Galbally is contrary to rule 7 (a) of the organisation.

    A similar situation arose in 2006 when a major commemoration was held in Casement Park in Belfast on the 25th anniversary of the hunger strikes.

    The instruction from Croke Park not to hold the commemoration in Casement Park was ignored. Subsequently, the GAA refused to make tickets available to senior Sinn Féin members for the 2006 hurling and football All-Ireland finals, a decision Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described as “childish”.

    Anyone care to lay off Pete and pay attention to the argument? I’m clipping further ‘BS’ from here out…

  • oldruss

    Not being as familiar as many who post here with the lay of the land, so to speak, just what open spaces are there for a large gathering in the North?

    If Sinn Fein for example wants to hold a large republican commeration, as opposed to a campaign rally, per se, where should they go to hold such an event? If GAA grounds are not available for such events, then where WOULD they be welcomed?

    When the Orange Order holds its commerations of the Battle of the Boyne annually on the Twelfth of July, where are such commerations held? I know the marches themselves are on the “Queen’s Highway”, which temporarily, at least, disrupt traffic patterns, but in some cases seem to lead to anti-social behavior (the Ardoyne). Since the various lodges and bands converge at numerous sites for re-enactments of the 1690 battle, attracting large crowds of celebrants, on what properties are these re-enactments conducted?

    Do the various football clubs have similar restrictions on whom may use their facilities as does the GAA?

    Seems to me, from this side of the pond at least, that a mountain is once again being made from a mole hill.

  • It’s a shame the decision not to give tickets after the last event didn’t meet with the same publicity. At this point, the GAA may just be better off changing the rules to allow any political party the use of premises.

  • 6countyprod

    SF: ‘role plays involving actors

    Hilarious. The IRA have gone away, (you know), so they have to use ‘actors’!

  • Pete Baker

    Update From the BBC report

    The GAA are to investigate a hunger strike commemoration held at a GAA club in County Tyrone.

    The GAA’s Ulster Council said it has had no involvement in the affair, however, the body’s central council has asked it to establish what happened.

  • The Reincarnation of Paul Revere’s Horse

    “Sport has tremendous potential to bring communities together and to contribute to a shared and better future.”

    And this is what the GAA should be working towards. Indeed some of us are trying. What happened in Galbally will only be a step backwards.

    People have a right to commemorate If they so wish but I wonder what the purpose and preferred product of these commemorations are. And I’m looking at both sides here.

    The history and the memory of the troubles are like a millstone round the neck of both Unionism, Republicanism and Northern Irish society as a whole. As I said in the other thread we need more reconciliation and less of the commemorations.

    Culturally as someone else said, republicans need to be reminded that the GAA, the Gaelic language and traditions is not their property. They not the sole torch carriers of Gaelic culture or ‘Irishness’ by any means.

    I often wonder why don’t a GAA club perhaps host a day like a feile where both Gaelic and Ulster-Scots traditions can be celebrated together through music, dance and other such activities.

    It’s not like there’s a huge difference cultural gap between the two. It’s not like we’re trying to meld Zhuang and Maasai cultures together. (Though I imagine they would be less stubborn about it)

  • Gréagoir O Frainclín

    “Sport has tremendous potential to bring communities together..”

    Indeed it has, but not when the likes of the GAA have IRA colour parties, etc…parading around it’s grounds in Ulster.

    How embarasing for their counterparts in the south.

    Gréagóir O Frainclín