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First British Army GAA team plays first official match

History was made when the first British Army formed GAA team took part in its first competition at the weekend.

Naomh Padraig - drawn from the Irish Guards - narrowly lost 1-7 to 0-6 against Tir Chonaill Gaels junior side in the McArdle Cup.

The game played at Wormwood Scrubs at the junior championships in London was the first time a British Army regiment took part in an officially sanctioned GAA game.

There had been opposition to the team's inclusion and moves were made to exclude them from the competition.

However, they narrowly won approval to play and it was reported by The Irish Post, that the team voted to change their name from Gardaí Eireannach as it was a "stumbling block" for some.

Despite the change the team still played in kits bearing the Gardai Eireannach name as their new strip had not arrived in time for Saturday's game.

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