Thursday 5 December 2019

Meath County Board vice-chairman livid with insensitive David Bowie prank

David Bowie on stage in 1992
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Meath County Board vice-chairman Peter O'Halloran has strongly condemned a prank from an unknown delegate which saw rock icon David Bowie's name included in the county's votes of sympathy on Monday night.

News broke in the early hours of Monday morning that Bowie had died on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer.

O'Halloran's inclusion of “the Bowie family in London on the death of David” in the votes of sympathy was met with laughter but he apologised for the unfortunate incident.

“I was caught off guard and unwittingly read it out," he told

“It drew a short bout of laughing from the delegates before everyone realised it was a prank and the seriousness and reverance that is normally given to this part of a county committee meeting.

“This is an item reserved for deceased Meath gaels who have given different levels of service to the GAA in Meath and is always given the respect it deserves.

“I am sure Mr Bowie is entitled to a vote of sympathy but by the correct body and the correct manner.

“I will do my best to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again and I am disappointed that a delegate took this action.

“I have to admit that in the cold light of day I can't understand why someone would do this. It shows a deep lack of respect to Meath gaels and, indeed, to Mr Bowie also.”

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