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PSNI and Garda in Croke Park clash

By Amanda Poole

TheGaelic football teams of |the PSNI and Garda have made history by playing their first match at the GAA headquarters of Croke Park in Dublin.

The PSNI was defeated 4-16 to 1-8, but both teams thoroughly enjoyed the momentous occasion.

The GAA's Rule 21, which banned British security forces from playing Gaelic games, was lifted a decade ago in 2001.

Since 2002 the PSNI team has played the Garda team every year, but yesterday’s match was the first to be staged at ‘Croker’.

Some 150 guests gathered to watch the teams in action. Last night, a spokeswoman for An Garda Siochana said the game was not closed due to security reasons.

“A truly enjoyable game was had by all,” she added.

“A total of 150 people were present at the game, including PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott, Justice Minister David Ford, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan.”

PSNI Superintendent Gerry Murray called the game “a wonderful occasion” for the teams from the police on each side of the border.

Superintendent Murray said the teams always enjoyed competing with each other.

“The Police Service has a very good relationship with the GAA and during the past few years a number of initiatives have been launched,” he added.

The Police Service GAA club also recently took part in the Police Gaelic Football Tournament in New York, which saw teams from the New York Police Department, London Metropolitan and An Garda Siochana compete for the Tom Langdon trophy.

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