Monday 23 April 2018

'It flies totally in face of what GAA is about' - Fianna Fáil weigh in on Ballyragget scandal

Fianna Fáil spokesperson Robert Troy described the photos and videos as
Fianna Fáil spokesperson Robert Troy described the photos and videos as "outrageous"

Fianna Fáil have described the lewd pictures circulating online following an intermediate hurling final as "outrageous".

St Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA club are the centre of a scandal after the club won the Kilkenny Intermediate Hurling Championship last weekend.

Photographs and videos of what appeared to be sex acts were taken at a private event celebrating the club's post-match celebrations on Tuesday night.

The club have said they will cooperate with any investigation into the matter while the Kilkenny County Board confirmed it has launched an investigation into the "non-GAA event".

Fianna Fáil spokesman on sport Robert Troy told Independent.ie the videos circulating on the internet are "outrageous".

"It flies totally in face of what GAA is about. It sets a bad example. A lot of underage players look up to their senior teams, especially at the time of big wins," added Mr Troy.

The Kilkenny County Board has confirmed that they have met with officials from the club and an investigation is ongoing.

"The Kilkenny County Committee can confirm that it is investigating an incident that took place on Tuesday night at a non-GAA event in Ballyragget," the statement read.

"County Officers met with representatives of St Patrick’s Ballyragget on Wednesday night and will review its findings in the coming days.

"There will be no further public comment at this time."

The team is due to face Kildare champions Ardclough in a Leinster intermediate game in Newbridge on November 4.

Former five-time Kilkenny All-Ireland winner D.J. Carey said that the photographs and videos were disappointing, but that blame should be placed on the individuals and not the club.

"I am surprised and disappointed, something like this shouldn't happen," said Carey.

"But I can't see it being the club's fault – I can see as an individual's fault who plays with the club.

"I would say the club is quite embarrassed about it. If players are into that sort of thing so be it, but there should be no cup involved and they should not be doing it in the name of the club or the GAA. 

"If that tickles your fancy, that's up to you - I'm not going to be the moral standing ground for anyone.

"I'm sure it's a bit of craic – everyone to their own, enjoy whatever you enjoy.

"I haven't seen [the images] so I can't comment much,  if lads are celebrating it's fine but a cup definitely shouldn't be involved in."

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