Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said yesterdays Gaelic Sunday was an opportunity for Gaels across Ireland to remember and celebrate our island’s rich sporting and cultural heritage.
The Foyle MLA said:
“A century ago, Britain tried to crush our culture by effectively banning Gaelic games.
“The people of Ireland defied them in best way possible, by coming out in their tens of thousands to play Gaelic games on Sunday 4 August.
“Today, Gaelic Games thrives across the island of Ireland. The GAA is at the heart of communities.
“It symbolises everything that is positive and unique about our country.
“Sinn Féin – the only party with representation in every part of Ireland – salutes those who stood their ground on Gaelic Sunday.
“They showed what can be achieved when ordinary people stand together and defend their rights, they made the stand and today we are still reaping the benefits.
“Celebrating Gaelic Sunday showed all that is good and positive about our games, our culture, our people.”