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GAA's acceptance of Irish Guards team is important step

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 16/09/2015

The decision by the GAA to admit the Irish Guards to the sporting body might seem unremarkable to anyone ignorant of the history between the association and the British Army.

It took almost a century for the GAA to drop its ban on soldiers playing its games, but now it has membership within both the PSNI and the Army.

These are small but important steps in creating a truly shared society where people can enjoy and respect each other's traditions. Given that soldiers from Fiji and South Africa are among the Irish Guards wanting to play Gaelic football, this move may well help the GAA find new foreign fans for its games.

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