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McBurney/Declan Bogue

Pictured Declan Bogue

Date: Thursday 12th April 2012

Location: BT Offices

Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Does the GAA need the anthem, a 32-county ideal, and would getting rid of them attract more Protestants? 

Declan Bogue


Armagh GAA

Armagh GAA

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Armagh GAA

When the ball is in the air and the men on the sidelines are getting sent to the stands for belly-tickling their opposite numbers, the GAA games consume the entire attention span of their players, spectators and patrons.

That’s why comments from Oisín McConville last week on the William Crawley show on Radio Ulster barely raised a ripple. If they came in the middle of winter or during a lockdown, every opinion columnist would have treated them like a team with a chip on their shoulder feasting hungrily on breaking ball.

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