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Church of Ireland to host service hailing GAA inclusivity

Very Reverend Dr William Morton
Very Reverend Dr William Morton

By Staff Reporter

The Gaelic Athletic Association is joining with the Church of Ireland to hold a special service celebrating inclusivity in the GAA.

The special choral evensong service will take place in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin on May 26.

The ecumenical service will acknowledge the rich tapestry of cultures and creeds that since 1884 have contributed to the enhancement of Gaelic games, culture, and life in Ireland and beyond.

It will feature contributions from a variety of figures from the GAA, Irish community and church life.

Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral The Very Reverend Dr William Morton said: "The historic connection between the GAA and the Church of Ireland broke new ground in times past; it's vital to continue to stand together for inclusivity and welcome in an increasingly diverse world."

GAA President John Horan said: "We are privileged that the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland will host us for this service of inclusivity.

"We need look no further than one of the most iconic names in the GAA - Sam Maguire - to recognise the diversity that has helped make the GAA what it is today."

Sam Maguire was a parishioner of St Mary's Church of Ireland, Dunmanway.

He rose to prominence in the GAA as chairperson of the London County Board following a successful playing career.

The famous All Ireland football championship cup which bears his name was presented to the GAA in his honour a year after his death in 1927.

In 2017, the local parish and community of Dunmanway - with the support of a grant from the GAA - restored the six original bells in the church tower while adding two new ones inscribed with Sam Maguire's name and dates (1877-1927).

The Sam Maguire Cup will be on view at the Dublin service, as will the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Cup.

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