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O'Fearghail clarifies flag and anthem comments

Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

GAA president Aoghan O'Fearghail appeared to row back on the comments he made on the GAA All-Stars trip last week, when he claimed the Irish tricolour and anthem may be reviewed in the future.

Speaking on RTÉ's Saturday Sport radio programme, O'Fearghail maintained: "I was asked a question in the context of world GAA and the question I was asked was when we go around the world our flag flies happily alongside the flags of every nation.

"It never causes an issue anywhere. A journalist at the interview simply asked me about that, and I said there was no issue with the flag flying around the world - the only place where it has ever caused some issues is back in our own country.

"I was asked a further question from a journalist - would the GAA change its position at home regarding flying the flag and playing the anthem? I replied we wouldn't, that it was very much part and parcel of our culture, was very much valued by us and that it was a key part of our heritage and it will remain.

"I did offer the opinion, that who knows what may happen in the future. We all aspire to, certainly within the GAA, to a new unified Ireland. It is something that we would welcome, it is something that we would be very happy to see happening."

Meanwhile, Dromore claimed the Tyrone league football title at Loughmacrory, defeating Killyclogher 3-13 to 0-10 on Sunday.

This was a rematch of the pairing in the county semi-final, which Killyclogher edged through and went on to win the Championship, but the Gardrum Park men reversed that result.

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