Donegal not in agreement with GAA President on anthem and flag

Donegal not in agreement with GAA President on anthem and flag
Peter Campbell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Donegal would be totally against the GAA dropping the National Anthem and flag as hinted by President Aogán Ó Fearghail.

The GAA President, speaking at the end of the All-Stars trip to Abu Dhabi, dropped something of a bombshell when he hinted that post Brexit that the GAA may have to consider dropping the National Anthem and the national flag at GAA events.

He said that if there were new arrangements, the GAA would be open-minded on issues such as the flag and anthem.

Understandably, there has been something of an outcry at the comments, and Donegal is no different with Naomh Ultan official, Terence McGinley, wondering if Aogán knows something that we don’t.

“Teresa May (the British Prime Minister) doesn’t know what Brexit will bring; how does Aogán Ó Fearghail know?

“I don’t know where we are going, or what’s going on. We now have all this inclusiveness; we can’t go against anybody,” says McGinley.

“They are trying to do away with the ethos of the GAA and why it was formed.

“I think he is jumping the gun and I would be totally against him coming out and speaking on this and I would definitely be against dropping the anthem.

“Other sports can do what they want; rugby has Ireland’s Call, and that doesn’t bother me. I would not be against others doing their own thing. Some of my best friends would be soccer people or rugby.

“I just think his comments are very premature,” said McGinley.

Donegal chairman, Sean Dunnion, also voiced the opinion that the comments were very premature, while also saying that the President was entitled to his opinion.

“We could not support the views and they are not something that we would see merit in.

“It is way too early to be having such a discussion,” said Dunnion.

The comments of the GAA President are likely to elicit more reaction all over the country in the coming weeks, but the likelihood of the National Anthem and flag being absent from grounds when GAA games are being played is hardly likely in the short or long term.