Page 6, 9th March 1945

9th March 1945
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Page 6, 9th March 1945 — SHOULD GAMES BE POLITICAL?

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Anodic' controversy raging in the land is of more purely Irish concern. The Minister for Defence has been attacked by the Gaelic Athletic Association for favouring freedom in the games played under Army auspices.

A parish priest in County Clare has condemned the Minister in strong terms. as " doing his best to promote what is undoubtedly a British influence."

The problem is difficult. Gaelic games undoubtedly have a patriotic value of very high order, but it i a fact that a big proportion of our soldiers are players of Association football. To treat those who play Soccer as bad patriots, because of their choice of a game, though they are giving their youthful years to the nation's service. would be preposterous

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