I am a lifelong hurling fan, the finest game ever invented, as well as a supporter of our gardaí, and proud of my several relations who served in it, including my late father. I am utterly disgusted by those Limerick hurlers who chose to sing the ‘Sean South’ IRA song after their magnificent win.
Did even one of the Limerick singers pause to think of the GAA member murdered in cold blood by the same IRA in Co Limerick with three shots?
Or think of his widow Anne or their five children? Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, 52, was murdered in Adare, escorting Post Office van driver Willie Jackson on June 7, 1996.
Not an accident as at least 14 shots were fired. Detective Garda Ben O’Sullivan was seriously injured but somehow survived — a crime in total violation of the Provo IRA ceasefire.
To stand by this song, as they chose to do, is to spit on the grave of Jerry McCabe as on those of the at least 1,770 other victims of murder by the same IRA since 1970 —five of them other garda . Shame on those singers. Their action is disgraceful.
Another GAA member, the PSNI GAA Gaelic football captain, PSNI constable Peadar Heffron, also fluent in Irish, was cruelly maimed by a bomb planted under his car. Such atrocities are excused, if not incited, by treating an IRA song as normal.
What do they really stand for and what message do they intend to send out?
About the GAA? About Limerick hurlers? And also what message across the Border? And in the year when the DUP leader crossed the Border to attend a GAA football Ulster final and support Fermanagh — a woman who saw her own RUC father shot in the head.
Will the GAA consider outlawing such disreputable conduct in future?