Thursday 26 April 2018

President Higgins strikes chord with delegates

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

NORMALLY, GAA people are somewhat casual about the visits of Irish presidents to their big occasions, such as All-Ireland finals, but the speech made by Michael D Higgins in Derry on Saturday will have changed that.

The Clare native (pictured) gave a brilliant bilingual speech that drew an eager standing ovation from the 300-plus delegates. Changed times, too, when there was not even one speaker against a motion to allow rugby to be played in leading GAA stadiums, if the World Cup takes place here.

Bearing in mind the whole controversy over opening Croke Park, this was a seismic shift in GAA behaviour and former president Sean Kelly was entitled to wear a broad smile afterwards.

Irish Independent

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