THE comments of Danny Murphy, provisional director of the GAA in Ulster (News Letter, February 24) left me somewhat bemused.
Apparently the GAA are going to respect unionist centenaries and attend events to which they are invited.
Could I suggest to Mr Murphy that his words would sound a great deal less hollow if he didn’t head an organisation which had banned members of the security forces from joining during the Troubles?
I have yet to read an apology from Mr Murphy or any other GAA figure for that policy which encouraged the ostracising of the RUC and Army when they faced down terrorism – both republican and so-called loyalist – at great personal cost.
What about the GAA showing a wee bit of respect to unionists who suffered at the hands of the bloodthirsty gangsters of the IRA? I don’t see much evidence of that from an organisation which holds events in the Kevin Lynch Hurling Club (named after an INLA hunger striker who was sentenced to 10 years for stealing shotguns, taking part in a punishment shooting and conspiring to take arms from the security forces) and stages events like the Martin Hurson memorial trophy (named after a terrorist convicted for his part in three IRA landmine incidents).
What about showing a wee bit of respect to the British taxpayer which over the past five years has given almost £18 million to GAA clubs – much of that them under the watch of a DUP culture minister – by putting an end to flying the flag of a foreign county at all matches and ending the practice of singing the Irish national anthem which lauds the exploits of terrorists in their campaign against HM’s armed forces?
I, for one, will not welcome the attendance of any GAA official at events to mark the centenary of Ulster Day or other similar events and I believe my ancestors who signed the Covenant would agree with that position.
Dromore, Co Down