GAA ref knocked unconscious at Beragh…

Quite a shocker

Referee Simon Brady was attacked by a spectator at the end of the Tyrone Ladies Senior Football final between St Macartan’s of Augher and Carrickmore. The referee awarded a controversial free to St Macartan’s in the final moments of what was then a draw game. St Macartan’s scored and won the match by a point. Mr Brady was punched as he checked his score card and was stretchered off the pitch and received hospital treatment for his injuries.

Mr Brady has no recollection of the incident, but his son Nathan did witness the events. He’s taking some time to consider whether a prosecution is appropriate…


  • Dewi

    It’s obviously the UVF – a new front..

  • Mark McGregor

    I’m not one for asking the PSNI to be called but there is an increasing tendancy to get over involved even at junior level from supporters.

    In cases like this the entire club should be suspended from competition for a year to indicate how unacceptable such behaviour is and the filth that hit officials should be expelled from the GAA for life.

    Feck, I’m for removing points from the senior teams when parents swear at the club’s children’s matches! (barring the occasions when my angels are robbed or fouled)

  • Mark

    So Marco you cheapskate …. I take it you weren’t cryin cockles and mussels yesterday as the Dubs strolled to another Leinster final . And here’s me thinking of sending you an invite ( and a map ) to the All Ireland in september .

  • Chris Donnelly

    Mark is right.

    The GAA has tolerated this for far too long.

    The club involved, I regret to say, has form in this matter, and that must be particularly depressing for the overwhelming number of club members, their families and supporters who represent all that is good about the GAA.

    As a rule, clubs should be under threat of ban from county fixtures unless and until the individuals involved are charged for their criminal actions.

    I’m a great fan of the GAA, but this happens far too often.

    And, while they’re at it, there needs to be a more genuine effort to clean up the behaviour of the players during the games, who get away with all sorts of shenanigans which is taking away from the beauty of the game.

  • ulsterobserver

    Not a pretty sight surely suspects have to be prosecuted ?

  • I made this point about parental behaviour on another thread.
    But what I cant understand is whether Mr Nathan Brady has a “right” to decide whether a prosecution is necessary.
    Surely the proper course is that he reports the incident to the proper authorities who make that determination for him.

    But do Gaels havea word for “Omerta”?

  • Drumlins Rock

    I hope Mr Brady supports a prosecution, occasionally excuses can be made for minor player on player violence, and player on officials marginally if very very minor, but I hope everyone will give mr Brady full support to see this case dealt with fully. With the offender banned from all GAA grounds for life, I don’t like punishing clubs for individuals actions, but if there is a history then maybe action is required.

  • foyle observer

    Disgusting and quite sad to be honest.

    The GAA needs to come down hard on these animals.

  • Mark McGregor


    I’m impressed your contribution to this was purely from a position on how clubs deal with lowest common denominator supporters.

    We won’t agree on the PSNI, we will agree on zero tolerance from clubs for violent ‘support’

  • Dec

    Supporters + free access to pitch = trouble.

  • JR

    I think he should get jail and a fine and a lifetime GAA ban. I wouldn’t take it out on the club.

  • If it was my father who was knocked out by some neanderthal thug, I’d wouldn’t think twice about making sure he felt the full force of the law.

    I hope Nathan Brady comes round to that way of thinking too, and soon.

  • Can’t be any fucking around with this.
    The perpetrator(s) needs prosecuting.

  • son of sam

    It will be interesting to see how this matter evolves.As Chris Donnelly notes the club involved has form.Id imagine there is a lot of behind the scenes activity going on at the moment to minimise the fall out.Ultimately it will depend on the resolve of the governing body(The Tyrone Ladies G A A County Board} and the level of cooperation forthcoming from the Carrickmore club.That professional C/more man Barry Mc Elduff M L A has swiftly condemned the attacks so lets hope his club follow his lead.

  • lamhdearg

    The press could only find one person in carrickmore, willing to condemn (on tv),the fella (it was a fella?) who done this has a whole town either s**t scared of, or behind him. if it happened in real football bla bla bla.

  • Nunoftheabove

    Oh come ON people, loosen up a little here. It is not, after all, a girl’s game. D’OH 🙁

  • PJ Maybe

    I’m surprised no-one has blamed loyalist paramilitaries, controlled by MI5 for this yet. Perhaps a public enquiry is in order so we can see if the suspicions about who was really behind this is need to clear this up once and for all.

  • Billy Pilgrim


    “The GAA has tolerated this for far too long.”

    On a point of information, ladies’ football is not organised by the GAA. This was not a GAA event, notwithstanding the many (inaccurate) references to the Tyrone Ladies’ GAA (sic).

    The game was played under the auspices of the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association, which is an entirely separate organisation.

    Which is not to say that the GAA does not suffer from similar issues.

    Every time there’s an incident like this (all too frequently) we get the same, pious platitudes, often from people who know little about Gaelic games, about the disgraceful behaviour of spectators. But the counter-argument is never heard: which is that even the most respectable spectator can be provoked to fury if the referee is bad enough.

    I hate to say it, and of course I will agree that the person of referees must be sacrosanct, but the GAA has a serious problem with referees. Some of our most high-profile whistlers are almost like attention-seeking performance artists. And I’ve seen more than enough evidence at club level to suggest that there are plenty of men in black who are, frankly, small men and failed players, who wish to settle scores by other means.

    God, but I do love the GAA, though. It’s a whole universe all to itself, in which the smallest things are epic.

  • Aontachtach

    A friend was at the Ulster under 14 Camogie final recently with her local team from Co. Down. The young girls from her team were abused throughout the match by the parents of the other team. They were from Co. Derry/Londonderry. At one stage they had a penalty and the young girl taking the penalty was abused by a woman in her 50’s standing behind the goal. She called her a F###ing dog and other obsenities. The girl broke down and cried before she took the penalty. She missed the penalty. The referee went and spoke to the spectators and told them that she would abandon the game unless the abuse stopped. At the end of the game one of the parents of the Co. Down team congratulated the kids of the other team who won the game, as they walked off the pitch. A parent from the winning team told him to F##k off back to Co. Down as they knew nothing about Gaelic games. My friend said that they will never go back to this ground again. She has never seen a group of kids as traumatised as she did that day. So much for a family game.

  • bumper14

    Yet another example of thuggery from the” sporting “wing of the IRA. The GAA should be banned . Only in this country would a bunch of sectarian bigots actually be allowed to pass off as a “sporting organisation”.