President Higgins strikes chord with delegates
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.