Belfast Telegraph

GAA condemns ex-player's killers

The killers of Pc Ronan Kerr have no support in the Gaelic Athletic Association, the chairman of his former club has said.

Ireland's largest sporting cultural organisation stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the dead man's family in condemning the murder, Beragh Red Knights club chairman Gearoid O Treasaigh added.

There has been an outpouring of sympathy across the Northern Ireland community following Saturday's killing.

Just a few miles from the family home in Beragh, senior GAA officials spoke of their anger that the association had been attacked.

Mr O Treasaigh said: "Ronan Kerr was a Catholic, an Irishman and a Gael who joined the PSNI because he wanted to play his part in making our society a better place. Many members of our club were aware of Ronan's career path and supported him on his choice."

"The GAA stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Kerr family, the PSNI and the entire community in condemning outright this murder.

"We also send a strong message today to all of those people who continue to engage in this activity - you have no support in our community and your actions do not represent the views and feelings of the vast majority of people in Ireland."

On Sunday night Ulster president Aogan O Fearghail, Tyrone GAA chairman Ciaran McLaughlin and Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte visited the Kerr household in Drumduff, near Omagh, and offered their support.

They said the new police recruit played for Beragh up to the age of 18 and represented the club with distinction and commitment. He was voted the team's under-14 player of the year in 2000.

Mr O Treasaigh added: "He was a decent, hardworking and genuine individual who was respected by members of this club, he was loved by his family and highly regarded by everyone in this community."

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