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Host of high profile GAA stars sign letter to Leo Varadkar calling for the rights of Irish citizens in the north to be protected post-Brexit

Former Armagh manager, Joe Kernan is among more than 120 people from the world of sport who have signed an open letter to the Taoiseach calling for the rights of Irish citizens in the north to be protected post-Brexit
Marie Louise McConville

A host of high profile GAA stars and personalities are among 1,000 signatories who have signed an open letter to the taoiseach calling for the rights of Irish citizens in the north to be protected post-Brexit.

A plethora of current managers and players and ex-GAA alumni are among more than 120 people from the world of sport who have signed the letter to Leo Varadkar raising concerns about life in the north after Brexit.

It includes current Down manager Paddy Tally, Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney, as well as former Down manager Ross Carr, ex-Armagh manager Joe Kernan, and former Antrim bosses, Terence McNaughton and Dominic McKinley.

Click here to read the letter and view full list of signatories

Other high profile GAA stars include Tyrone legend, Peter Canavan and Armagh great Oisin McConville, both of whom were All Stars.

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Also among the signatories is former Down player and All Star Danny Hughes, former Derry player Tony Scullion, ex-Tyrone star forward Stephen O'Neill and former Derry ace Paddy Bradley as well as current Tyrone star Padraig Hampsey and current Monaghan player Darren Hughes.

The letter cites "a very real potential partition could be reinforced and our country and our people further divided. This is a source of grave concern to us all".

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The signatories call on Mr Varadkar to "redouble" his efforts and the "the efforts of your government, to ensure that our rights are protected".

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