Owen Paterson: “It was a huge pleasure to be part of this great sporting occasion”

Worth noting that yesterday Conservative MP, Owen Paterson, became the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to attend the All-Ireland Senior Football Final at Croke Park.

After the match between Down and Cork, Mr Paterson said:

“It was a huge pleasure to be part of this great sporting occasion.

“I really appreciated the warm welcome extended to me and Julian King, the British Ambassador to Ireland, from GAA officials and fans.

“It shows, once again, how relations between the UK and Ireland have been transformed over the years.”

Adds  From the NI Sports Minister, the DUP’s Nelson McCausland

Sports Minister Nelson McCausland today congratulated County Tyrone on winning the minor GAA All-Ireland final, held yesterday at Croke Park.

Speaking after Tyrone’s 1-13 to 1-12 win against Cork in the minors final, the Minister said: “It always pleases me when teams from Northern Ireland are successful in any sport and yesterday’s win is an addition to the great record teams from Northern Ireland have had in the competition in recent years.

“The Tyrone minors have continued their success in the competition, winning their fourth All-Ireland Minor title in ten years.”