Jody Corcoran: My unease at reality of discrimination
Acts of racism go far beyond the abuse of GAA players of African descent
The Westmeath minor football manager, Tommy Carr, has made a timely intervention on the subject of racism in the GAA. "Unless the GAA sends out a clear signal that this will not be tolerated, it is not going to change," he said.
There were three African-Irish players on the Westmeath team that played Meath in a recent championship match, one of whom was born here and two whose families immigrated here.
Carr has said he was particularly shocked to hear a section of Meath supporters making racist chants when one of these players was sent off, a decision that was rescinded on appeal. Lest there be any doubt, Carr, a former Dublin senior football manager, told the Irish Independent: "You can hear it on the match DVD and we heard it ourselves from behind us in the stands. They were making monkey sounds."