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Funny how the media don’t like to run with some stories, isn’t it? Thankfully The Newsletter spills the beans…

SENIOR unionists have slammed the sectarian behaviour of some Republic of Ireland football fans attending Euro 2012 in Poland. Danny Kennedy and Gregory Campbell were speaking after video footage appeared on the YouTube website showing supporters in the Republic’s colours singing “IRA” and “**** the Queen” on the streets of Krakow. Newry and Armagh UUP MLA Mr Kennedy said there is no place in sport for sectarianism but feels the latest incident has received little or no media attention — unlike the press onslaught faced by Northern Ireland fans following an incident in Dublin last year.

Just looking at BBC NI web site and yes...not a mention.  One rule for them I guess…oh, and here’s the video…

Their inner IRA supporting bigot? Lots of decent Irish people will be ashamed by the antics of these “ambassadors” for Ireland.

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155 thoughts on “IRELAND’S SHAME

  1. Ireland football supporters have been known for their good behavior in international competitions over the years.

    I’ve not heard of this sort of thing happening before, certainly not overseas. Not saying that it hasn’t happened, just that I’ve never heard of it.

    Poor.

  2. A load of Irish crowded the England hotel and gave them a very warm welcome on arrival too.

    It’s high time all this came out. They’ve been getting away with all that “oh begorrah we’re just here for the craic look how lovable we Irish are” nonsense for too long.

  3. If true, the authorities should come down on them like a ton of bricks.

    There is another reason why soccer is so unpopular in the US – the long association with nasty tinhorn nationalism, and racism, as in no other sport. We want no part of that.

    Soccer has exactly none of the generous spirit that you see at the end of a rugby game. It brings out the worst in people, and always has.

  4. Non-story really. A few people chant rubbish, someone records it on their phone and puts it on YouTube. It only tells us what we already know: that there are a few fools in every crowd. “Ireland’s shame” it certainly is not.

  5. I understand a certain amount of bitterness because the north didn’t qualify but this is thin stuff indeed. The vast majority of Irish fans are terrific ambassadors for the country and we are all very proud of them. Don’t worry Danny the road walking season will be starting soon enough and you will have something to do for the summer.

  6. If true, the authorities should come down on them like a ton of bricks.

    Recently you said people should never be punished for their speech. Surely you don’t want them convicted in what is a victimless crime, a thought crime??

  7. The good fans should get in the face of the goons. I would.

    Perhaps the England fans can give a seminar on proper fan behavior.

  8. I would say that the FAI should try to identify those responsible and ban them for life. It is a bit of a non-story as was the Northern Ireland fans singing after their game against Scotland.

    Also the BBC only reported on the incident in Dublin much later when the IFA banned one of the individuals involved so to attack them for reporting on one but not the other is stupid.

  9. Petr

    This is incitement in a venue ( soccer matches and the environment ) known for nationalistic violence.

    Of course they may really be upset at the fact that the sport is so awful, but that is another story.

  10. Petr

    Come on.

    I kid, I kid.

    The English supporters have the worst reputation of all.

  11. Ah here, this is a reach,a handfull of fans out of 20k+. FYI dave the fans in the YT footage have some fine NI accents on them. Trust Gregor Campbell to rear his ugly head.

  12. Charles

    I am only reporting what is headline news in the press. Presumably “F**k the Queen” is something that any decent person would be ashamed of being chanted by their supporters.

  13. Let’s not get carried away. It is been reported in a sectarian rag not the press.

  14. David, you’re right. It is deeply unpleasant, but I’d be surprised if it was anything more than a small minority.

  15. To be fair to the English they have gone a long way to removing that element from their supporters. There will always be the occasional group of dicks but ever fan base will have them.

  16. Petr

    I am sure it is a very small minority but it’s more to do with the lack of any media attention. I am sure 99% of all Irish fans are decent folk but it is wrong to just ignore this sort of story. That’s my real point here.

  17. “Newry and Armagh UUP MLA Mr Kennedy said there is no place in sport for sectarianism”

    Someone ought to explain to Mr Kennedy that neither the IRA nor the monarchy is a sect. Methinks that both groups would feel belittled by the designation.

  18. //“F**k the Queen” is something that any decent person would be ashamed of being chanted by their supporters.//

    Why? Poland doesn’t have a queen, nor does Croatia.
    Maybe they were expressing their sexual ambitions with Queen Sofia of Spain, our next opponent.

  19. There fans are scrum. However the unionist fury rings hollow when two unreconstructed sectarian bigots like campbell and kennedy are complaining about sectarianism. Pot and kettle methinks.

  20. As usual, so many people not happy unless there is something to be offended about. It’s nothing, absolutely nothing. As for the words ‘f*** the queen’, given the treason of that entire family (Prince Phillip actually was a nazi) towards the people of the UK, why stop with the queen?

    I remember when Paul Gascoigne mimicked a flute-player after scoring a goal for Rangers: Celtic supporters were shocked, SHOCKED, to see such sectarian behaviour. But one of them who is a friend of mine admitted it was just a laugh.

  21. I would have thought that Danny & Gregory would have been happy that this crowd of evidently rabidly fierce Rupublicans can clearly be heard saying “yes, Northern Ireland” around 1.30 in the video.

    A drunken embarrassment, the mirror image of some soccer “fans” worldwide.

    I wish England well this afternoon.

  22. The rancid behaviour of the Russian fans deserves more attention, FYI saw more trouble in Dublin from Croatians last night then simple-minded FTQ chants.

  23. What would you really expect from pigs, but a grunt…

    Behaviour befitting the rabid, intolerant irish for what they are.

    Thank goodness they left the Irish Football Association in their bitterness, it leaves a better institution for all our NI citizens to wear the shirt proudly.

  24. A load of Irish crowded the England hotel and gave them a very warm welcome on arrival too.
    It’s high time all this came out. They’ve been getting away with all that “oh begorrah we’re just here for the craic look how lovable we Irish are” nonsense for too long

    Ah Pete, get a sense of humor would you? Surely it was nithing more than a bit of rival football banter?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0S8zdVNSS_I#!

    It’s not as if it’s the first time that something similar has happened.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2001/aug/31/pressandpublishing.football

  25. Behaviour befitting the rabid, intolerant irish for what they are.

    NI fans don’t do irony do they?

  26. The reason this is not reported elsewhere is that it is a non-story, some tittle-tattle whipped up by a DUP bigot who has a short memory when it comes to sectarian bigotry in “Ulster” soccer where Windsor Park was long a closed shop to nationalists.

    Oh and let’s not forget the treatment of Neil lennon years back when as captain of Northern Ireland and a Celtic player death threats caused him to stand down from playing for NI. And then more recently bigots from NI sent viable explosive devices to Lennon in the post.

    When getting uppity about “sectarianism” please tale the time to realise it is not a one way street.

  27. unlike your ira voting community we embrace all of our players no matter where they come from.

    Chanting for mass murderers shows the world the real bigotry from the oirish.

    Daithio, sending bombs is despicable, and condemned from all right thinking people.

    Now, ‘fuck the Queen’ AND ‘Ira’ in a song is disappointing to say the least.

    Even worse is the FACT that the majority of catholics vote for the ira, who not just merely stuck to sending bombs in the post, but actually blew up and killed thousands of our citizens.

    So, opinions from deluded catholic/oirish/nationalists really is laughable, – nay…SICK.

  28. I mean, where else would someone expect to read such one dimensional nonsense but in The Newsletter?

  29. I am sure it is a very small minority but it’s more to do with the lack of any media attention. I am sure 99% of all Irish fans are decent folk but it is wrong to just ignore this sort of story. That’s my real point here.

    What story is there if 99% of the fans are decent? Is it news when a tiny minority misbehave? Are YouTube clips supposed to be reported on as if they were reflective of anything?

  30. Allan,

    “As for the words ‘f*** the queen’”

    Thanks for clearing that up. There I was thinking that the asterisks masked “damn the queen”.

    Not sure why a football fan (however wasted) would wish to have sex with an octogenarian, but hey, whatever floats your boat 😉

  31. behavior at sporting events in general is atrocious, now mind you My home city of Philadelphia was the first city in the country to actually install a court room and a jail in the stadium. There is Judge that holds court at every football game.

    The reson you can’t bring bottles and cans to any stadium in the US is directly due to the Phillies baseball fans. They had a nasty habit of throwing the bottles and cans, not at the opposing team, but our own players.

    We won’t even mention what happened to Santa….

    Does anyone know what the hell is going on with ATWs site format structure? It’s all screwed up!

  32. Richard – I think that DV at 1.35pm cleared that up before me, so I just followed that lead.

  33. Allan,

    Yes, I see it now. At least we know for sure it wasn’t “Fête the Queen”—but you never know with IRA supporters 😉

  34. Good first half, half decent second half. I thought that France played better football but a draw was a reasonable result.

  35. There are always going to be some idiots at any major sporting event who feel the need to be offensice. Heck, I put up a simple post wishing Ireland victory over Croatia and it draws some anti-Catholic ramblings from those who wish to see the papists beaten (I didn’t have the heart to tell them the Croats are a tad papish as well).

  36. In fact (especially if we included, as the FAI wishes, the North) Ireland is probably the most Protestant country in the group.

  37. Martin, no idea, I am not a Chritain, so doesn’t eally resonate with me.

    Seamy, as most of your squad are as oirish as the legendary ‘Cas’ no woner lmao!

    Sorry to disappoint you rabid, and frothing taigs…(hope the tickets were booked for next week and some cream for your whopped arses HA HA HA HA HA HA HA)

  38. If we can get a draw with duffers like Lescott, Milner and Welbeck starting then the gods of football might just be smiling on us for once.

  39. I don’t really see the point of this story. Soccer fans are a bit obnoxious shocker!

    “Seamy, as most of your squad are as oirish as the legendary ‘Cas’ no woner lmao!”

    As stated before, 9 of the starting 11 against Croatia are born and bred in Ireland. And of the full 22 man squad, only 6 (I think) were born outside Ireland.

  40. Where was BIG ‘CAS’ from?

    yuk, yuk, YUK!!!

    Gifts and an embarassment to world football, which takes some doing!

  41. Seamy, Maik qualifies, a former soldier who served Queen and country, UNLIKE your ‘legend’ big CAS.

    Record breaker who even admitted he was not oirish.

    lol

    embarrassing…

  42. A former soldier who served Queen and country

    The the N.I. “national team” should stop gerning about the Republic signing “their” players as they can now sign up all the Ghurkas they want.

  43. Paul, we’ll be alright son, don’t worry your wee self.

    When your tubes can beat the world champions, or their English masters, come back to us and we can chat about it.

  44. “Can you really get ANYTHING right on here

    On that point can you tell me what convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

  45. Do not change the subject seamy lad, I have dealt with that as Paul Butler was ELECTED as a convicted murderer by your community in the most recent election. So again, (as usual) you lose. LMAO!

    Now, onto this thread; Maik Taylor was an ex soldier.

    Wasn’t he seamy son?

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaahahahahahahahahahahhhhaaa!

    GIFT EVERY TIME LMAO!

  46. Except he wasn’t. Paul Butler was last elected in 2007. In the last election he didn’t stand.

    I made a factual error in the case of Maik Taylor (he still had as much links to Northern Ireland as Tony Cascarino had to Ireland)

    Will you retract your lies about the Nationalist people?

  47. Don’t be so harsh Seamus:

    Taylor was born in Hildesheim, Germany, to a German mother and an English father

    Can’t you see he’s a true Ulsterman through & through?

  48. no Seamy, he qualified under FIFA rules.

    Cascarino DID NOT.

    Simple.

    Glad to see you acknowledge your mistake, or at least one of them.

    Butler did indeed stand at the last election and WAS ELECTED, so you are WRONG YET AGAIN.

    Dear me, really seamy, it is getting embarassing. I do not even have a challenge on here. Please try and do some research or read a book or SOMETHING to try and keep up.

    As for Cas, read this, : http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2000/oct/29/newsstory.sport12

    I will educate you some more if I can be bothered…

    Paul, an ex soldier, who served his Queen and country, he had the choice of any home nation and picked the best.

    Deal with it, loser!

  49. No he didn’t stand nor was he elected.

    The six MLAs elected in Lagan Valley were Edwin Poots, Paul Givan, Jonathan Craig and Brenda Hale for the DUP, Basil McCrea for the UUP and Trevor Lunn for the Alliance. Sinn Féin’s candidate was Mary-Kate Quinn.

    Will you retract your lies about the Nationalist people?

  50. Paul, for a couple of years he was the only thing stopping Northern Ireland-nil from getting trounced every game, so they are bound to be defensive of him.

  51. Okay, can you please read your own link?

    “Period

    07/03/2007 – 25/03/2011”

    When was the last election?

  52. Just can’t trust those Catholics Seamus.

    No surprise to anyone outside the bitter and intolerant gaa/republican community who after all even vote into government mass murdering cowardly scum

    O’Neill was born in Kilrea in 1952. He was the sixth child of nine siblings, and has four brothers and four sisters. O’Neill’s father was a founding member of local GAA club Pádraig Pearse’s Kilrea. His brothers Gerry and Leo played for the club as well as being on the Derry senior team which won the 1958 Ulster Championship and reached that year’s All-Ireland Championship final. He played for both Kilrea and Derry at underage level as well. He also played Gaelic football while boarding at St. Columb’s College, Derry, and later at St. Malachy’s College, Belfast.

    See, what did I tell you?

  53. thats what I just said.

    He was elected by your community despite being a convicted murderer, add to this McArdle being appointed and amongst convicted terrorists, you STILL vote for them!

    Highly moral!

  54. What convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

  55. O’neill, a man proud to play for NI and not bitter and bigoted like you paul and wee seamy…

    NI a country trying to cast off it’s past and dinosaurs keep rewarding the dark faces responsible for the murderous past.

    Sad.

    I encourage you to embrace a shared future and leave terrorism behind, and live and let live.

  56. seamus,

    for the umpteenth time; MARY MCARDLE.

    DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

    Take your pick from any of the the ira who are voted in as well, who have obviously never been involved in anything illegal of course.

    lmao !!!

  57. Mary McArdle is not in the Assembly. Where was she elected if she is in the Assembly?

    What convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

  58. O’neill, a man proud to play for NI and not bitter and bigoted like you Paul and wee Seamy…

    No surprise to anyone outside the bitter and intolerant gaa/republican community who after all even vote into government mass murdering cowardly scum

    And to think we let him play for OWC. I tell you ya just can’t trust ’em Seamus,

  59. I’ve been absent from this site for a couple of years, but glad to see upon my return David, Troll & co are continuing the fight against the mick pondlife and showing them up for what they are!!

  60. seamy, where is McARDLE ?

    Answer; in the NI Assembly alongwith a plethora of ira terrorists, convicted of heinous crimes who YOU VOTE FOR.

    SHAMEFUL.

    Good to see NI’s football team has not stooped to the level of low lifes on here and with a catholic manager, continues to welcome all players from all backgrounds.

  61. Mary McArdle isn’t anywhere. She was briefly a political advisor but she was never in the Assembly.

    What convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

  62. They just can’t be trusted I tell ya. Republican Papish fith columnists each and every one. How did one of them

    bitter and intolerant gaa/republican community

    ever get to play for OWC?

  63. Not just one of them. Pat Jennings and Gerry Armstrong also played football before playing soccer.

  64. Politically speaking. She isn’t a member of any institution.

    What convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

  65. Has anyone seen Mary McArdle?

    She seems to have went missing!

    Contact seamy asap!

    Will you offer a reward?

    LOL

  66. What convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

    Or are you too chicken shit to admit you made a mistake?

  67. what?? seriously?? Outraged I am, outraged I tell ya.

    With themmuns playing for OWC is it any bloody wonder the IRA’s running the country?

  68. I know Paul. Think of the good aul days when the evil Papish Croppies lay down and tugged on their forlocks.

  69. Mary McArdle.

    She is in the assembly, alongside a range of terrorists responsible for bombings, shootings and directing terrorism.

    Still you and your community vote for them.

    I understand it is difficult to accept, but it is your own fault for rewarding the terrorists at the ballot box.

  70. All through the worst days of the troubles, NI players wore the shirt with pride and ignored the scum of the ira and their supporters and did us proud.

  71. Irrelevant question wee seamy. You asked which convicted murderer was in the assembly.

    I have told you all day and you are still going on and on and on and on and on…

    I have no interest in the ira’s political wing and I hope you can leave them behind so we can move forward and embrace a shared future without terrorists.

  72. Sinn Fein, I would imagine, Seamus.
    And as for your suggestion that Republicans do not vote for murderers, who voted in Paul Butler to the Assembly?
    Asking for a friend…

  73. David, who voted for Billy Hutchinson? Also Sinn Féin is a party, not a constituency.

    In what capacity, LU, was Mary McArdle in the Assembly?

  74. LU, Paul Butler isn’t in the Assembly and Mary McArdle never has been. She was a political adviser to an Executive Minister, doing a purely executive role. She has also resigned.

    What convicted murderer is in the Assembly? Can you name any? If you can’t will you please retract your previous comments in other threads that the Nationalist community still votes for convicted murderers?

  75. Do ya not know that is was them subversive Catholics that voted for Billy Hutchinson so that the Protestant community would get a bad name Seamus?

  76. In the names of all the gods – when is LU’s holiday over!? I agree that he is the resident court jester, and it’s fun for a while to watch him dance and spin and get himself into near-orgasmic frenzy (NOT a very pleasant thought) as he deludes himself into thinking he has won some major argument, but honestly, his act gets VERY tired VERY quickly.

    Anyway, although it’s not actually on-topic, but his latest droolings about Tony Cascarino are just f***ing stupid, especially when Maik Taylor gets mentioned (though let’s face it, with a German and an English parent, Maik could well be next in line for the throne! He already outranks many of the current crop.). Couldn’t Ryan Giggs have played for England? And weren’t there rumours that Rooney had enough Irish ancestry to play for Ireland (I don’t know how that works – maybe his grandmother was frightened by a pint of Guinness).

    The bottom line is – every country does this – sometimes places which aren’t even countries (Maik Taylor). Who can forget that wonderful British athlete, Zola Budd. Born within earshot of the bells of London. Oh wait. Or what about that other good old Cockney, Greg ‘My old man’s a dustman, Jellied Eels, Pie ‘n Mash’ Rusedski? Oh, hang on…

  77. Thanks seamy, you have confirmed my victory with your post as you state, ‘Mary McArdle in the Assembly’
    thanks gift.

    As for billy hutch and the pup/uvf they attracted miniscule support and were quickly discarded as the unionist community wanted to reach out to the catholic community and build a better future for all and leave the men of violence behind. I hope you and your community can follow suit.

  78. Seimi,

    a poor attempt, but amusing nevertheless.

    The fact remains that Taylor QUALIFIED.

    Cascarino did NOT.

    ‘It seemed odd but I didn’t follow it up. I didn’t need to. I had won three international caps. And for the next 11 years, I continued playing for Ireland with my British passport.’

    LMAO!!!

    LEGEND!

  79. Actually I didn’t. I asked a question that you are too stupid to answer.

    If Mary McArdle is in the Assembly what position does she have?

  80. Cascarino did qualify. I seem to remember him playing quite a large number of matches.

  81. See? themmuns and their cunning plans voting for Billy Hutchinson, David Ervine, Hugh Smyth, Frank McCoubrey et all.

    They just can’t be trusted I tell you. Outraged I am, bloody outraged.

  82. Frank is still a Belfast City councillor. But Unionists don’t vote for terrorists, so how does that work? Did them bold fenians vote him in?

  83. yes Petr, defending the right to live and the rejection of terrorism really brings it down, eh?

  84. I think he was talking more about your relatively weak relationship with the truth, such as the whole convicted murderer in the Assembly or Tony Cascarino being ineligible to play for Ireland bit.

  85. Tony Cascarino’s mother was adopted by an Irish man. Under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 the mother became an Irish citizen the moment his grandfather adopted her. Thus his mother was an Irish citizen, making him eligible for Irish citizenship and eligible to play for Ireland.

    So you and Tony Cascarino are wrong.

  86. better tell him, he is a bit upset and has given up practising his best Oirish accent years ago.

  87. Considering that in 2000 they were talking about removing his caps and 12 years later they haven’t done that makes me think they’ve probably worked out he has a right to play.

  88. seamy, you must be right.

    or maybe he has hidden them in a secret place and will not tell anyone unless they give him a free skateboard and a hamster.

    Right you lot, I am off to sip some vino and relax.

    See you all tomorrow.

    Missing you already xx

  89. Fairly unpleasant behaviour, yes.
    But nothing worse than you would hear on terraces here week in, week out from both sides.
    It happens all over the world and there is very little anyone can do about it?
    A few idiots have too much to drink…etc etc.
    I’m sure that if it gets really out of hand the Polish Police will sort it out. Trust me..you do not mess with the Polish Police…
    Now Poland v Russia that should be fun!
    If you think we hate each other it has nothing on this 🙂

  90. That’s a sensible comment JM, you’ve brought a bit of sanity back to this thread.

  91. Can’t wait for the match tonight…

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….here it comes!

    WATCH YER HEADS!

  92. Really looking forward to the Spanish Matadors cleaning the oirish lol will be great!!!

  93. Had a wonderful evening last night, watching the republic getting embarrassed…first class.

    Bus fare home lads!

    HA HA HA HA HA!

  94. Oh god, I just know I’m gonna regret this…

    LU – why do you hate the Irish people so much? Also, isn’t this a type of self-loathing, considering you are Irish yourself?

    As to the Euros – Ireland did brilliantly in reaching the final 16, far exceeding many expectations and definitely punching above their current weight in doing so. But, they are what they are – a team of average players (with a couple of notable exceptions), and this was borne out by far superior teams, consisting of players mainly from the top leagues in Europe, totally out-playing them in all areas of the pitch.

    The absolute best the Republic can hope for now is some sort of result against an Italian team which, whilst apparently capable of scoring one fantastic goal per match, also seem equally susceptible to conceding one as well.

    Back (once again!) to the drawing board for Trap & Co. There’s still the World Cup qualifiers to look forward to. Personally, I’d love to see both Irish teams make it through this time. A long shot I know, but just think how much fun that would be!

    In reality though, I could see both teams failing to qualify, simply because neither team is good enough.

  95. Semi,

    I am not oirish, I am British and very proud of it.

    You shouldn’t be so sensitive, I wind up a few obvious idiots on here, but I do object to the rep poaching our players as there is no other example of the current situation ANYWHERE in the world.

    I was disgusted by the singing and praise for the ira earlier in the week by supporters.

    After all the years the rep has harboured terrorists responsible for the murder of our citizens it is pleasurable to see them fail each time, last night being even more so, as we beat Spain last time 3-2 which is a truly remarkable feat for a country of 1.5 odd million, with at least half a million too bitter and intolerant to play for us.

    I will be cheering on Italy and hope they wallop the free state next time.

    ps, I see they have decided to wear black armbands and ignored Ringland’s suggestion of remembering the other victims on the same date through the years.

    Not really surprised as it doesn’t fit in with their pathetic mopery…

  96. Paul, very impressive…

    Unlike your heroes last night sent home with no points and a very unhealthy goal difference, just like the mangy cat of an economy they let Brussells oversee.

    yuk, yuk! tee hee!

    Karma is indeed wonderful!

  97. Heroes? Doubt that. The only interest that I have in them is that now young Nationalists have a home to go to unlike that rancid cesspit Windsor Park.

  98. It’s good to let it all out Paul, all that bitterness and intolerance needs an outlet…

    Maybe take up a hobby and go for a walk and hum to yourself a happy tune and leave your helmet at home, just wear something comfortable, like jogging bottoms and a t shirt or something.

    I am sure you will feel better and come to terms with your place in the world.

    If you need any more advice, just call the Samaritans.

  99. oh dear…

    Do you mean the GAA who give out medals for ira terrorist scum?
    Who have awards named after ira terrorist scum?
    Who name grounds after ira terrorist scum?

    I will take no lectures from you or anyone who votes for the ira, or supporting the gaa, a republican and bigoted organisation.

  100. You seem to keep hitting the ‘o’ button on your keyboard by mistake, every time you type Irish, LU.

    You were born on the island of Ireland, yes? In Northern Ireland, yes? I understand that you are British, and proud of it. But you are also Irish, and should be just as proud of that.

    Just on another point – is it possible for you to post in any thread, without resorting to a hate-filled, angry rant? Believe me, it gets very tired, very quickly. Your sectarianism/bigotry is by far and away the worst on this entire site, made only worse by your apparent inability to understand that no-one else, other than ‘British Bernard’ and other assorted sock-puppets, share your feelings. Andrew, who used to post here, positively hated the Irish at times, but at least he wasn’t Irish himself, so his dislike came across as merely racist, unlike your own self-loathing.

    And let’s not get into the whole ‘poaching’ thing again. Maik Taylor had German and English parents, yet played for NI. How? And how is it different to any NI-born lads opting to play for the Republic team? No-one forces them to do it. It’s not a type of National Service. It’s a voluntary decision, made by the player himself. Much more tenuous are the examples I gave the other night of those paragons of British sportsmanship, Zola Budd and Greg Rusedzki.

  101. Them bloody GAA playing Taigs infiltrating our lovely wee country’s team calling their clubs after baby eaters and all. Just right to send themunns bullets and issue death threats, just can’t trust those bloody Fenians.

    Martin O’Neill was born in Kilrea in 1952. He was the sixth child of nine siblings, and has four brothers and four sisters. O’Neill’s father was a founding member of local GAA club Pádraig Pearse’s Kilrea. His brothers Gerry and Leo played for the club as well as being on the Derry senior team which won the 1958 Ulster Championship and reached that year’s All-Ireland Championship final. He played for both Kilrea and Derry at underage level as well. He also played Gaelic football while boarding at St. Columb’s College, Derry, and later at St. Malachy’s College, Belfast.

  102. Yes PAUL, let it out son…

    Martin played with distinction for Northern Ireland, alongside many other catholics.

    Just a pity bigots like you can’t rise above intolerance and join them and support the national team.

    Our National team is for all our citizens.

    MOVE ON.

  103. The GAA, a republican and bigoted organisation.

    The same one that Martin O’Neill, Gerry Armstrong, Anton Rogan et al played for?

  104. ‘Our National team is for all our citizens.’

    Then why the sectarian chants? Why the death threats against Neil Lennon? I understand that Northern Ireland have made great leaps forward in terms of making the team and Windsor Park more accessible and agreeable to all, but you cannot deny that these things happened. Should we just draw a line under it and move on? Forget about the past?

  105. Paul, the persons you cite are much better than you, they MOVE ON and embrace the shared future.

    Semi,

    indeed…

    Why the ira chants and ‘fuck the Queen’?

    Yes we should move on as the National team has EMBRACED catholics and our ethos has always been for ALL citizens.

  106. I always worry when news organisations get the basic details wrong. Henry Reilly is a UKIP councillor.

    Its also the same mentality Unionists used to trot out when they were throwing blast bombs and urine at small children who were trying to walk to school.

  107. Not as bad as mass murder though, is it?

    They were throwing blast bombs and urine at small children who were trying to walk to school

    More excuses.

  108. ‘Semi,
    indeed…
    Why the ira chants and ‘fuck the Queen’?
    Yes we should move on as the National team has EMBRACED catholics and our ethos has always been for ALL citizens.’

    LU, you spelled my name wrong. Again. Your typing skills aren’t too hot tonight…

    What does ‘indeed…’ mean? Could you expand on that?

    By National team, I take it that you mean the NI team, yes? The supporters of which sing sectarian songs, and threatened to kill Neil Lennon AND members of his family, yes?

    There is a certain amount of chanting by every group of supporters, be they Irish, English, French or whatever. It’s part of the game. Unfortunately, there’s always a small minority who chant provocative, hate-filled things. The Irish fans you are so quick to pounce on here are that small minority in the Irish contingent. However, the vast, VAST majority of Irish fans are well behaved, friendly people, as has been proven time and time again around the world.

    English football fans were once a byword for mayhem, fights, drunkeness and destruction around the world, but, with an awful lot of hard work, they have turned that reputation around, and kicked out and banned all (or most) of the serious trouble makers. The English FA, and more importantly the English fans, should be recognised and congratulated for this. Hopefully the Irish fans will also do the same with a very small minority who besmirch their otherwise good name on the international scene.

    ‘ …the National team has EMBRACED catholics and our ethos has always been for ALL citizens.’

    This is simply not true.

  109. Semi, more lies. the minority of irish fans singing ‘fuck the Queen’ and ‘ira’ are a very worthy indicator of their inherent bigotry.

    NI has achieved huge strides agains thte bigotry from the catholic community, as in the past in the worst of the troubles catholics played with no hassle and deserved praise as stars.

    The bitterness within the irish is laughable.

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