Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Gerry Adams hurls tribute at unionist icon Edward Carson with GAA trophy

Gerry Adams with some young Gaelic games enthusiasts at the Parliament Buildings, Stormont for the launch of Puck on Hill event.
Gerry Adams with some young Gaelic games enthusiasts at the Parliament Buildings, Stormont for the launch of Puck on Hill event.

A new GAA trophy has been named after the founding father of unionism.

Competitors in the first hurling event in the Stormont estate in Belfast will be playing for the Edward Carson trophy.

On face value, the Dubliner who led the campaign against Irish independence a century ago is an unusual choice for anyone looking to christen a prize for the nationalist sport.

But Sinn Fein MP Gerry Adams, who has helped organise the inaugural ‘Poc ar an Cnoc’ (Puck on the Hill) which will take place below Carson's famous statue in Stormont next month, thought otherwise.

“I discovered, much to my surprise, that Carson was a hurler in his days at Trinity College (Dublin),” he explained at Parliament Buildings yesterday.

He added: “He got an honourable mention in the Irish Sportsman (journal of the day) as having distinguished himself on the field, so we thought it would be a great idea to have an Edward Carson trophy.”

The Poc Fada (long puck) will see hurlers hitting sliotars (hurling balls) up the mile-long Prince of Wales Avenue.

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