Thursday 24 October 2019

'Incredibly insulting' - Meath captain fuming as local credit union congratulates Dublin on All-Ireland win

Bryan Menton of Meath during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group 1 Phase 2 match between Mayo and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Bryan Menton of Meath during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group 1 Phase 2 match between Mayo and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Louise Walsh

The joint-captain of the Meath senior footballers has issued a statement following his remarks on a post by his local Credit Union which called the five-in-a-row winning Dublin side 'our team'.

Bryan Menton, who also plays for Donaghmore/Ashbourne, took to social media calling the post "embarrassing and insulting to genuine Meath people from Ashbourne."

The post, which seems to have been taken down from the Meath facility's Facebook page said: "Sam is coming home to Dublin again. Well done to our very own (Dean Rock) and team. Enjoy the celebrations everyone Ashbourne, Ireland and remember we like to support ALL in our community."

The post drew a lot of reaction on Facebook but some pointed out that the Credit Union's members may also be from nearby Garristown, which is in County Dublin.

In a statement, Menton said: "We have no issue with Ashbourne Credit Union congratulating probably one of the best football teams in history and I'd agree with them, it's a fantastic achievement.

"Our issue is: the statement 'it's coming home'. Ashbourne is in Co. Meath, not Dublin so that's incredibly insulting to Ashbourne natives who love their county.

"The lack of support for actual Ashbourne natives, like Maire O'Shaughnessy (Meath Ladies Captain) and the three other girls who were involved in the Ladies All-Ireland final from Ashbourne, Colm O'Mealoid, the Christy Ring winner and the five lads, including me who have had a successful year with Meath this year and didn't get a single message of support on any platform.

"It would be easy to just let it slide and let them (Credit Union) continue what they're doing but I'm a proud Meath man and I know that it's just wrong," the statement finished.

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Ashbourne Credit Union declined to comment on the matter.

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