The final of the Volunteer Martin Hurson Gaelic Football Tourament took place on Tuesday 13 July at Pearse Park, Galbally.� The tournament started on 28 June and the GAA teams taking part were McAnespies Aghaloo, Donaghys Carrickmore, Corleaghan Emmetts�Clogher, Loughdoo�Kildress, Galbally, Cappagh, Finulagh, Altmore and Hursons.�

The ladies' final was at 2.30. the men's final was at 4.00 and this was followed at 6.00 by the 2010 Tyrone Volunteers Day parade from Galbally Community Centre, which is beside Pearse Park, to the republican memorial in the main street in Cappagh.� The day ended with a function in Boyles bar organised by the new Dwayne O'Donnell Ogra Shinn Fein cumann.�

While some�Gaelic football clubs, which are under the authority of the GAA, continue to organise and participate in�events to commemorate members of the IRA, the GAA will be perceived to have a republican ethos.�

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 20 July the Belfast Telegraph reported that, 'A new GAA trophy has been named after the founding father of unionism.� Competitors in the first hurling event in the Stormont estate will play for the Edward Carson trophy on Saturday 7 August.'� The report was accompanied by a photograph of Gerry Adams with a hurling stick, close to the Carson memorial statue, and the report said that Adams has helped organise the event.� In fact the event, which is part of the West Belfast Festival, Feile an Phobail, is not actually a hurling match.��The inaugural 'Poc ar an Cnoc' will see�hurlers�hitting sliotars hurling balls up the mile-long Prince of Wales Avenue that leads to Parliament Buildings.�

The BCC report was more extensive and the comments from Gerry Adams were rather interesting.� He said, 'This notion of Gaelic sports being in any way for one section of people here, I think once you just lift the lid of it that's not the case.'� This suggests that he wants Gaelic sports to be for everyone, including unionists.� If that is so he must realise that the constitution of the GAA is a nationalist constitution, which supports a united Ireland.� It is a constitution which excludes unionists.� If Adams really meant what he said then he would be asking the GAA to change its constitution and drops its nationalist aspiration� Is that what he meant and is that what he intends to do?�

Adams also said that Carson had played hurling when he was a student at Trinity and then described him as 'a Gael'.� Does he believe that playing a Gaelic game makes the person a Gael?� Dancing a Viennse waltz doesn't make the dancer Viennese�

The sideshow in the grounds of Stormont got al lthe media coverage but it is very much a sideshow.� On the other hand the Volunteer Martin Hurson event did not attract the same attention from the mainstream media.� In fact it seemed to attract no attention at all.

In the meantime I wait with interest to hear how Gerry Adams answers my two questions.

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