Friday 9 December 2016

GAA needs to tackle violence

Published 24/01/2012 | 10:48

To judge by the accounts of eyewitnesses, the scenes at the all-Ireland junior Gaelic football semi-final in Portlaoise on Sunday resembled a full-scale riot more than a sporting event.

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The match was between Dromid of South Kerry and Derrytresk of Tyrone. Dromid won the match, but came out plainly the losers in the brawl. One of their players ended the first half concussed. Another suffered a broken cheekbone. There were also more colourful allegations, such as attacks with a handbag.

Such scenes must astonish those whose knowledge of Gaelic games consists only of major events, usually in Croke Park. These are characterised by colour, gaiety -- and dignity -- on the part of both players and supporters.

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