Tuesday 6 December 2016

Colm O'Rourke: GAA not holding back in its battle against violence

Violent incidents are the exception in our games, not the norm, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00

Last Sunday was business as usual in the GAA world. A lot of competitive club matches, some great entertainment and a referee getting an earful after the Connacht final. What's new? It is a very similar pattern to most Sundays. The counties may change and if there is live TV then of course there is a lot more publicity.

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Watching grown men giving vent to their frustrations after a match is a regular occurrence and it happens in every club and in every county. It does not make it right but I did not go to bed on Sunday night worrying about the image of the GAA or whether mothers and fathers all over the country would look at this and say that their children were not going to be involved with such an organisation.

Somehow I doubt if many or any members handed in their membership cards on Monday.

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