Saturday 20 April 2019

Comment: The GAA should stay out of Ballyragget scandal - the young lads have suffered enough

Fitzpatrick’s Bar in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny. Picture: Mark Condren
Fitzpatrick’s Bar in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny. Picture: Mark Condren
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

The friendly Kilkenny village of Ballyragget has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

It seems there was a wild party and strippers were hired. There was drink involved and possibly a sex act, even though some of the pictures may well have been photoshopped. Some of the posts show a GAA hurling trophy.

The jokes were flying - one was that Wayne Rooney is taking up hurling. But behind the laughs, there is a very serious issue.

Sources in the know say the young lads who were involved are devastated.

None of these young lads was party to the distribution of the photographs. Whoever did so was foolish or malicious.

It seems the photographs are being released on a slow drip which is what you do if you really want to cause maximum hurt.

The GAA should stay out of this. The Ballyragget party was private. The young lads went overboard but this is what young lads do on occasion. They have suffered far too much.

To the Ballyragget boys, I would say we have all made our share of mistakes. Yours was a young man's error of judgment after too much to drink. This too shall pass.

This old-timer was giving out to me about the Ballyragget carry-on with the usual 'you should write about this'.

His own glass house would be windowless if he threw stones. So I asked him: "Did you ever get up to any mad parties yourself?"

"I was wild enough," he said before downing the rest of his Mi Wadi.

"I used to be kissing herself in the sitting room. There was a holy picture up over the sofa and it used to put herself off the bit of courting so we turned Mother Teresa in to the wall."

So there you have it. Be careful - you'd never know who might be watching.

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