Saturday 21 April 2018

'An apology would be a start' - Joe Brolly rounds on Peadar Heffron's former GAA club

Peadar Heffron with Joe Brolly
Peadar Heffron with Joe Brolly

Former All-Ireland winner and GAA pundit Joe Brolly has called on Peadar Heffron's former club to make amends and apologise to the ex-police officer who was ostracised by some of the club after joining the police.

In an interview with Joe Brolly in last week's Sunday Independent, Heffron spoke of being ostracised by some of this teammates at Creggan Kickhams GAC in Randalstown after joining the PSNI at the time of its formation in 2002. He was later the victim of a car bomb attack and was invalided out of the service.

After joining the new police service, Mr Heffron was boycotted by the club and fliers were passed around the dressing room targeting him.

While he was in a coma following the bomb attack, club officials visited his mother and father stressing they were only there in a personal capacity and in no way representing the club.

Writing in tomorrow's Sunday Independent, Joe Brolly criticised the club for hiding behind a "no comment" response. He said it could make amends by meeting with their former club member Peadar and apologise to him and establish a scholarship in his honour.

"An apology would be a start," Brolly writes.

"Perhaps the club could establish a scholarship in Peadar’s name. There ought to be some recognition of their terrible disloyalty and cruelty to a decent human being. A club delegation should ask to go meet him, to apologise and listen. They could absorb his terrible hurt, accept their treachery and cowardice, and take it from there."

Read Joe Brolly's full column in tomorrow's Sunday Independent.

Peadar Heffron celebrates after Creggan won the Antrim intermediate football championship in 2001
Peadar Heffron celebrates after Creggan won the Antrim intermediate football championship in 2001

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