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Orange Order speaks out in wake of attack on GAA club

By Michael Sheils McNamee

The Orange Order has issued a message of support to a Co Antrim GAA club targeted in a sectarian graffiti attack.

The incident happened on Thursday night at St Mary's GAA club in Rasharkin, and saw graffiti reading 'UVF' and the loyalist slogan 'No Surrender' daubed onto a wall near the entrance of the premises.

A UVF flag was also left draped over a wall.

Responding to the attack, the Orange Order said it condemns those responsible.

"Any attacks on community properties which are closely identified with either cultural tradition here are fundamentally wrong," said the organisation's Assistant Grand Master, Lewis Singleton. "Actions such as this achieve nothing except to escalate community tensions and perpetuate division. The Orange Institution wants to see a society where no -one feels a need to engage in such futile activity."

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, a spokesperson from St Mary's GAA club said the attack had been "very disappointing", and that the club was providing "a positive sporting outlet for our youth, and for people in the community".

He continued: "It's just disappointing for something like that to happen.

"There is a lot of people from the other side of the community that have come to us about this and that isn't a surprise to us.

"There are local people that have come to me personally from a different religious background and expressed disgust that something like this would happen," the club spokesman added.

The graffiti is no longer on the wall of the club, having been removed the same morning it was discovered.

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