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Replying To Ulsterman:  "It doesn't matter if the devices were real or are hoaxes, the damage has been done. Many parents will be loathe to put their kids in a position of danger now and I will be surprised if the club survives at all. Loyalists have got the reaction they wanted. This is what it's like to be a Gael in the North."
you think the club will fold? After one bomb call? If that was the case we wouldnt have a single club in the 6. Antrim resolve at its best again

Canuckgael (USA) - Posts: 25 - 07/08/2020 08:41:23    2286700

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Replying To Gator:  "
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Hopefully they can find who did this."
Disgusting...many GAA clubs in the north have had to put up with crap like this down the years."
Well to a degree yes.

This particular club is at more risk.

Its inane stuff. The unionist people that did this or support it need to own their Irish identity. Embrace the sport and the language rather than becoming entrenched in their binary view that they can't be unionist and Irish. Carson played hurling after all."]tell that to Linda Ervine

Canuckgael (USA) - Posts: 25 - 07/08/2020 08:47:51    2286701

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"a product of their background and peers"

What would you say about the Ervines?

Canuckgael (USA) - Posts: 25 - 07/08/2020 08:49:14    2286702

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Replying To Canuckgael:  "
Replying To Gator:  "[quote=yew_tree:  "[quote=GreenandRed:  "link

Hopefully they can find who did this."
Disgusting...many GAA clubs in the north have had to put up with crap like this down the years."
Well to a degree yes.

This particular club is at more risk.

Its inane stuff. The unionist people that did this or support it need to own their Irish identity. Embrace the sport and the language rather than becoming entrenched in their binary view that they can't be unionist and Irish. Carson played hurling after all."]tell that to Linda Ervine"]Why tell that to Linda Irvine? She's at least trying to do something positive between the communities. Just as you stereotype Antrim people in another post. That identity politics is working brilliantly in your part of the world isn't it?

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1920 - 07/08/2020 14:13:17    2286762

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Replying To Canuckgael:  "you think the club will fold? After one bomb call? If that was the case we wouldnt have a single club in the 6. Antrim resolve at its best again"
Antrim people, particularly Belfast people, took the brunt of the conflict and suffered the most deaths and injuries. Our Gaelic clubs were no different, Ardoyne, St. Endas, Pearses etc, all had members murdered, attacked and clubhouses targeted so don't talk guff about Belfast resolve. The resilience of Antrim people, particularly Belfast folk, is that we have taken everything that could be thrown at us and not only are we still here but going from strength to strength. I hope the East Belfast club will survive and flourish but I do think these won't be the last attacks on it. I wonder in 2020 will parents put their kids into a scenario where their club, and consequently their safety, is targeted on a regular basis? We live in a totally different era.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9253 - 08/08/2020 01:58:50    2286825

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "Antrim people, particularly Belfast people, took the brunt of the conflict and suffered the most deaths and injuries. Our Gaelic clubs were no different, Ardoyne, St. Endas, Pearses etc, all had members murdered, attacked and clubhouses targeted so don't talk guff about Belfast resolve. The resilience of Antrim people, particularly Belfast folk, is that we have taken everything that could be thrown at us and not only are we still here but going from strength to strength. I hope the East Belfast club will survive and flourish but I do think these won't be the last attacks on it. I wonder in 2020 will parents put their kids into a scenario where their club, and consequently their safety, is targeted on a regular basis? We live in a totally different era."
I wish East Belfast GAC well and would love to see it succeed, but I'm pessimistic. I feel it's to soon for something like this. And for me, a major barrier is the religiously segregated education system.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1029 - 08/08/2020 09:55:02    2286837

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