Friday 19 January 2018

GAA must take action on confederate flag

The Confederate flag flying during a Cork game in 2004
The Confederate flag flying during a Cork game in 2004

Donny Mahoney

It was with some anger that I again spotted photos in Tuesday's papers of the Confederate flag flying in the stands in Killarney during the Munster final replay.

The massacre of nine people in an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina has again brought attention back to the sorry sight of the Stars and Bars in the terraces of Cork matches. We've done a number of items on why the flag has no place at GAA matches. Newspapers columnists have made the same point.

Ignorance is no longer an excuse. It is time for the Cork County Board and the Munster Council to take action and make a statement on this matter.

The reaction by the various bodies in relation to this matter has been disappointing to say the least. I sought a statement from someone in the Cork County Board on the night of the Cork-Limerick intermediate hurling match about the flag controversy. His answer was something to the extent of: 'I'm only concerned about the hurling at the moment.'

Hopefully the GAA show more diligence should the Confederate flag fly during Cork versus Galway this Sunday in Thurles.

Irish Independent

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