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Jarlath – The GAA is a tribal beast, deal with it

A general view of a fight breaking out between Kildare and Monaghan players after the half-time whistle is blown during last weekend's league clast at Clones

I HADN’T intended to write about schemozzles today, having covered it in last week’s issue, and with Cross in action on Saturday, Armagh sitting at the top of Division One, Mullaghbán and Whitecross in the Scór na nÓg All Ireland final and the Interpros on Sunday, there is no shortage of material to write about.

However, as I approach the grumpy-old-man stage of my life, these days I am now more comfortable giving off than giving praise, so today is another rant. Please forgive me.

I attended the Kildare Monaghan match on Sunday. On the way to the ground that morning, I listened to a radio debate on events the previous day in the Premier League.

During the conversation, I heard a guest politician describe Suarez and Evra as ‘spoilt pups’ and that there was a lot to be said for the GAA approach which, according to him was, ‘Just send them into the car park with hurleys and let them at it.’

To hear such a calculated and patronising insult to the most important sporting, community based, cultural, volunteer led organisation in Ireland, led me to believe that there are some who are just etched into the belief that the GAA is a place for irredeemable culchie mucksavages who have not yet experienced the finer points of life and probably never will.

I doubt if that man has watched a GAA in the last ten years, so in reality he is just relying on the media to feed his stereotypes. A dangerous thing, considering how we are treated in this arena.

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