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Dublin GAA team sends out positive message

Two very different examples of sporting symbolism were on display over the weekend in Belfast and France.

There was bemusement over the decision to play the British national anthem before the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park, a reversal of previous arrangements when Cliftonville FC, which has a predominantly nationalist support, was involved.

Coleraine won Saturday's match 3-1, but stark political divisions were on open display around the stadium in a way which could easily have been avoided.

The visit by the GAA's All Ireland football champions Dublin to the Ulster Tower which commemorates the Battle of the Somme sent out a much more positive message.

It indicated a firm understanding of the need for respect and reconciliation in all parts of Ireland and the organisers deserve considerable praise.

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