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Chief Constable Matt Baggott at police headquarters in Belfast with his hurl and sliotar

Chief Constable Matt Baggott at police headquarters in Belfast with his hurl and sliotar

Chief Constable Matt Baggott at police headquarters in Belfast with his hurl and sliotar

President Obama and Prince Philip are not the only newcomers to GAA who have been getting to grips with a hurl.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott has also revealed a growing passion for Gaelic games.

An invitation to attend an All-Ireland football final at Croke Park was the hook for the self-confessed sports junkie.

“I went to Croke and saw the final there. It was fantastic – mad, fast, physical but very exciting – the sort of game I would have liked to play if I was 30 years younger.

“It's nice to go and watch a game every so often because you meet good people.”

The hurl and sliotar that now occupy a prominent position on the bookcase of his Belfast office were presented to him by officials from the GAA's Ulster Council on a visit to their headquarters.

The chief constable, whose first love is soccer, in particular the ever unpredictable Crystal Palace, also recently took the opportunity to watch Northern Ireland play at Windsor Park.

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