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History men fail to pass Sam test

ON Sunday morning last, on Newstalk, I heard David Norris interview the distinguished Professor Art Cosgrove of UCD. During a discussion between the pair on Co Down winning the All-Ireland GAA final in 1960 -- the first time that the Sam Maguire went across the Border -- one of them said: "I think he (Sam Maguire) was from the North", and the other said: "He may have been a Protestant, though I am not sure." Is it any wonder that there is so little understanding of our history when two learned gentleman do not know that Sam Maguire was a west Cork Protestant?

And no wonder that the west Cork Prods, like a lot of their compatriots, are largely written out of our history in the definition of Irishness.

Brendan Cafferty
Ballina, Mayo

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