No records of consultation with the GAA on pitch strategy have been held by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, it has been revealed. According to a Freedom of Information response, the council has admitted it has no records of any dates, times or minutes of any meetings with the GAA on pitch strategy.The Council had consulted widely on the Craigavon Pitch Strategy but Sinn Fein challenged the council on the level of consultation with the GAA.In June an Ulster GAA spokesperson said: “At no stage was Ulster GAA consulted in relation to the ABC Council pitches strategy. “Previous reporting on the matter indicated that Ulster GAA had been involved in the process, however, this was incorrect.” Having submitted Freedom of Information requests, various GAA clubs across north Armagh received answers last Thursday from the council regarding the ‘consultation’.The letter revealed no records of any dates, times or minutes of meetings with the … [Read more...] about No records of consultation with GAA on pitch strategy
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Ulster GAA now has an extended chance to halt a cup final in the name of two IRA men after the event was postponed, it has been claimed. The McGirr Campbell Cup tournament took place at the weekend at Fr Peter Campbell Park, home of Coalisland Fianna in Co Tyrone.It had reportedly not been held for a decade but the final game on Sunday was cancelled due to a bereavement, according to reports on Facebook.No further date has yet been released. The cup is named after IRA men Brian Campbell and Colm McGirr who were shot by the SAS as they took weapons from an arms cache near the town in 1983.Reference work Lost Lives says the men turned their weapons on the SAS when challenged, although the families dispute this.An Armalite found at the scene was used to kill Cookstown father of nine and RUC reservist John Scott, who was shot as he drove his milk tanker near Ardboe four years before the two IRA men were killed.In Saturday’s News Letter David Scott, son of John, … [Read more...] about Ulster GAA has second chance to ‘axe IRA cup’
IN 2009, the GAA moved to put an end to pitch invasions by supporters. The perceived wisdom at the time was that for Gaelic sports to be internationalised, they must mirror etiquette displayed by other international sports and pitch invasions were too primal for airing on a global stage. Of course it was also at a time when health and safety had gone mad. I'd never heard of anyone being injured running onto a pitch to congratulate or commiserate their friends in all my early years, that is, until 2010. When the final whistle blew on March 17 and Crossmaglen Rangers won their fifth All-Ireland Club title, the customary pitch invasion began. The first person to enter the pitch was man-handled in a way befitting of a black card offence. As he fell to the floor, the squeals of pain could be heard over the roaring crowd. No-one else was prevented from entering the pitch on that day after that event. We later found out he broke his leg in the collision, which was ironic given the stewards … [Read more...] about John McEntee: Can GAA keep a lid on emotions?
Sinn Fein has lambasted a new Craigavon play pitch strategy saying it ‘fails to reflect the needs of the entire community’. Cllr Catherine Nelson, Chair of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council’s Leisure Services Committee, said the latest strategy report on play pitches doesn’t reflect the needs of the entire Craigavon community. She said: “This report was commissioned to identify need following requests from our party, on behalf of the GAA community, for greater GAA provision in the Craigavon area. Our public spaces must be reflective of our entire population. The final recommendations fail to reflect the need clearly identified in the exercise. The GAA is the largest sporting organisation in our Borough yet in the Craigavon area ABC council provides 25 pitches for soccer and zero for GAA. The one pitch cited in the report as council-owned and suitable for GAA is located in Portadown, in a public park and open for use to a number of other sports. … [Read more...] about SF bid for more GAA pitches
Tom Kelly: Why GAA should stay out of the debate about a united Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk All my life, I have supported the GAA; in my old school, the Abbey, the University of Ulster and, of course, my local club, St John Bosco GAC. In the latter, I was a club administrator, chairman and once even Clubman of the Year. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/tom-kelly-why-gaa-should-stay-out-of-the-debate-about-a-united-ireland-37890809.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article37890808.ece/30228/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-08_opi_48571687_I2.JPG Email All my life, I have supported the GAA; in my old school, the Abbey, the University of Ulster and, of course, my local club, St John Bosco GAC. In the latter, I was a club administrator, chairman and once even Clubman of the Year. I also participated regularly in the Scor and attended cultural and Irish Language events sponsored by the association. Down and Bosco flags remain folded away … [Read more...] about Tom Kelly: Why GAA should stay out of the debate about a united Ireland