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Interesting to see that the Irish republican leopard does not change its spots;

A GAA road safety event had to be cancelled when members objected to the involvement of the police. The ‘Live to Play’ event in Co Tyrone was called off when some host club members threatened to hold a picket when the PSNI was due to take part in the Ulster Council Scheme. The scheme was set up following the deaths of a number of road deaths involving GAA members and aims to encourage young players to drive safely. The road safety drive involves the Fire and Rescue Service and the PSNI and was to take place at the grounds of the Derrydresk GAC near Coalisland on Monday.

I can’t say that I am that surprised. Rather than engage in ways to save lives of GAA members on our roads, these proud denizens of Tyrone would rather protest at the Police. Aren’t they a sad lot?

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15 thoughts on “OLD HABITS..

  1. “Interesting to see that the Irish republican leopard does not change its spots”

    Which Irish Rpublican leopard is that David?, the GAA, Derrytresk GAC, the citizens of Derrytresk, (or should that be Londonderrytresk?), the “proud denizens of Tyrone”?

    What is more interesting is that members of Derrytresk GAC carried the coffin and were part of the guard of honour at murdered PSNI constable Ronan Kerr’s funeral, (another one of those proud denizens of Tyrone that you talk about).

    What is even more interesting is that Derrytresk GAC chairman Barney Campbell was prepared to take part in the event even after how they were treated by the PSNI in the wake of the Ronan Kerr murder:

    Speaking to the Irish News yesterday, Mr Campbell’s father Barney said he was mystified about the arrest of his son – who was working in America when Constable Kerr was killed.

    Barney Campbell, a well-known figure in Tyrone GAA, said the arrest was an abuse of police power.

    He said: “My family home has been shown on the television with six Land Rovers parked outside. Now what does that look like to people in this area?


    That and actions like it are probably what led to some in the club threatening to picket the match. I’d suggest that the event was cancelled in order not to fragment the club.

  2. Harsh words Eddie. Do you not think that you’re being a bit too hard on the PSNI?

  3. It’s sad that only a few days ago i watched a piece on the news where the GAA are holding a cup competition involving local Protestant schools in order to encourage them to partake in Gaelic games?
    Change is difficult and it take’s time.
    Unfortunately some will never change?

  4. I suppose the real issue here is the GAA’s admiration for IRA terrorists. Frankly, if the PSNI had anything about them, they would leave the GAA alone, to their devices, as it were. But in the sunny uplands of appeasement land, we all have to grovel to the GAA/PSNI link.

  5. “I suppose the real issue here is the GAA’s admiration for IRA terrorists”

    Is it? Then why did you post a story that had absolutely nothing to do with the “real issue”?

  6. Pauly,
    It will be interesting to see what the next generation of leadership will be like.
    If the perceived threat of violence/intimidation can be removed, there must be hope. If it remains, nothing has changed. Ultimately you cannot build a free and tolerant society in the shadow of violence.
    People sometimes draw parallels between the IRA type of terrorism/armed struggle and the Jewish groups like the Stern Gang and Menachem Begin.
    Menachem too, went on to become a leader of the State of Israel.
    Does this prove that terrorism can be justified in certain circumstances, or are the two examples very different?

  7. I commented in the context of the original story.

    I suspect that once you found out that the original story was not as cut and dried as you originally thought it was you went for the “admiration for IRA terrorists” default position as a straw man.

  8. David,
    perhaps because I am English, I wouldn’t describe it in those words..
    Personally I believe that unless the implied threat of violence is removed from the Northern Ireland psyche, there will never be peace. True democracy and tolerance never comes from the barrel of a gun.
    The application of violence, however disguised, will always result in fear – not respect.

  9. Paul,

    I did read your post.
    It does appear that this time there is a more ‘local’ explanation for what has happened.
    Mistrust of the Police is all too common in both Loyalist and Republican areas. It’s sad but that will never change.
    My Dad always told me that ‘if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear’? Which is great in theory? My £50 fine a few years ago for not wearing my seatbelt (when i was wearing my seatbelt)…soured my respect and admiration for the Police quite a bit.
    There are rotten apples in the Police, there are rotten apples in the GAA? They are in a ‘no-win’ situation most of the time.
    It’s unfortunate that this time, when they were attempting to do a good thing that it hasn’t happened.
    It’s perhaps time that the local PSNI and the club involved talked together in order that the event can take place some time in the future? Now that would be progress?

  10. “My Dad always told me that ‘if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear”

    My own father was interned without charge or trial for just over two years JM so I’m not sure how valid that piece of advice is.

    I absolutely agree that the PSNI & club should try to resolve whatever issue is at the bottom of this.

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