Top table officers at the Duhallow convention in North Cork have stressed the importance of the national anthem and tricolour remaining central components of GAA match-days.
The association’s president Aogán Ó Fearghail recently stated that the GAA would have to reconsider its use of the national anthem and Irish flag in the event of any future political realignment on the island.
Duhallow chairman Joe Kearns told delegates that Amhrán na bhFiann should continue to be heard on match-day.
“Our national anthem should be sang at our finals, that applies also to county finals. Instead of it being played over the public address, the winners of our Scór competitions should be asked to sing," he said.
Former Duhallow chairman and current county board development officer Richard Murphy emphasised the importance of maintaining the association’s identity.
“We see the New Zealand team perform their traditional discipline prior to sporting events. For us, Gaelic Games and culture are part of our DNA. No matter where we go, we should never be afraid to promote our identity and should always be proud of our flag and anthem," he said.
A ruling that will, ultimately, see no Duhallow divisional hurling team compete in the premier county juvenile grades was met with widespread disappointment. Duhallow were prevented from entering an U14 hurling team this year, there will be no U16 team next year and no minor team in 2018.
“Our divisional teams have served us so well over the years with players that are now household names. Sadly our promising talent will not be given the opportunity to play in the highest grades within the county," said vice-chairman Steven Lynch.
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