Belfast Telegraph

Heffron's club should say sorry: Brolly

By Jonathan Bell

GAA pundit Joe Brolly has called on Peadar Heffron's former club to make amends and apologise to the ex-police officer who felt ostracised by some team mates after joining the PSNI.

In an interview with Mr Brolly in the Sunday Independent newspaper, Mr Heffron claimed that he had been shunned by some of his old clubmates at Creggan Kickhams GAC in Randalstown after joining the PSNI in 2002. He was later the victim of a car bomb attack and was invalided out of the service.

While he was in a coma following the bomb attack, club officials visited his mother and father stressing they were there in a personal capacity and not representing the club.

Writing for the first time since his newspaper article, Joe Brolly criticised the club for its lack of response.

He said it could make amends by meeting with Mr Heffron, apologising to him and establishing a scholarship in his name.

Mr Brolly also wondered, while Kickhams were heavily criticised in response to his article, whether other clubs would have acted differently.

"All of us are guilty. All of us in the GAA in the six counties have been part of a culture of silence, of cowardice, of not doing the right thing," he said.

Creggan Kickhams GAC refused to comment on the matter again when approached by the Belfast Telegraph yesterday.

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