Sunday 23 October 2016

Donegal GAA star reveals hate mail over stance on Yes vote in marriage referendum

Published 17/05/2015 | 14:10

Donegal defender Eamon McGee
Donegal defender Eamon McGee

All-Ireland winning defender Eamon McGee has revealed that he has received hate mail following his support for the Yes campaign in next week's marriage equality referendum.

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The 31-year-old will line out today against Tyrone in the Ulster Championship preliminary encounter in Ballybofey, told The Sunday Times that he has been the victim of abuse following his stance for next Friday's referendum.

McGee told the paper that the fall-out has continued with members of the public sending hate mail.

"There's been letters to the house with no names on them saying that I'm going to hell and leading the people of Ireland to hell, all this off-the-wall stuff" he said.

"Obviously you'd prefer it didn't happen but I feel I'm doing the right thing."

McGee was a guest in the audience on the Late Late Show to discuss the topic recently, and while he has no close friends or family members who are gay, believes it is important to speak up.

"I'm happy I can look back that I stood by principles I believe in."

In March members of a Catholic congregation walked out of a Mass in protest at a priest’s views on gay marriage and his comments regarding McGee's views.

Indian-born Carmelite priest Father John Britto spoke in favour of a ‘No’ vote during the weekend sermon in Annagry, a parish near McGee in west Donegal, criticising McGee's stance.

Fr Britto subsequently apologised to the Donegal footballer.

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