Belfast Telegraph

Group defies loyalist death threat

By John Mulgrew

A GAA festival which was marred after a headline act was issued with a death threat by loyalist paramilitaries has gone ahead as planned.

Folk group the High Kings performed to hundreds in Newtownbutler yesterday despite a letter threatening they would be "shot" if a parade by the Newtownbutler Border Defenders could not pass through the predominately nationalist town.

On Friday the Parades Commission ruled that the parade on July 8 could not pass through the Fermanagh town.

At the time of the threat High Kings' manager Dave Kavanagh said the internationally renowned Irish group were "shocked" but happy to go ahead with the concert.

Eoghan Casey, club secretary for Newtownbutler First Fermanagh's GAA club, said the weekend - launched on Friday by 'May McFettridge' - had "gone brilliantly".

A letter sent to the Sunday Independent newspaper, purportedly from the Loyalist Volunteer Force, had said the group "will be shot if we can't march" during their show.

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