Tuesday 17 October 2017

Red card for GAA view

Sir -- I read Emer O Kelly's article "Behaviour That Brings Shame Upon Our 'Culture'" (Sunday Independent, July 18) with absolute disbelief. Her polemic on all things to do with the GAA was extraordinary on a number of levels. Her determination to give a lecture on the meaning of "culture", came across as intellectual snobbery.

The hours given in a voluntary capacity to the GAA on all levels run into thousands a week. Contrary to Emer O'Kelly's argument, the GAA does not "just move on" but analyses itself and puts in place procedures that benefit the organisation from past mistakes. I am certain that this will be the case in the aftermath of this year's Leinster Final.

Yes it was not at all pleasant to witness the scenes at the end of the game and I am sure that a number of people will pay dearly for their actions. However, there were 50,000 people in Croke Park. I left the stadium with my wife and not yet four-year-old son and we made our way down the narrow streets with thousands of other families.

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