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Armagh Camogie Board 'sincerely and deeply regrets any offence' caused by controversial video footage

The video footage was posted on social media

THE Armagh Camogie Board said it "sincerely and deeply regrets any offence" caused by footage of a team chanting support for the IRA following their All-Ireland success.

The online video showed some Armagh camogie players celebrating their All-Ireland Junior Championship win earlier this month singing pro-IRA songs.

The footage showed people in a dressing room area apparently chanting "Ooh ah, up the Ra" as they celebrated their win over Cavan.

After the video emerged, the Armagh Camogie Board had a full investigation would be carried out.

In a statement today, the county board issued an apology.

"Further to the Armagh dressing room celebrations following their victory in the All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship Final on Saturday December 5th, Armagh Camogie Board wish to state that it was never the intention to offend or upset anyone.

"On behalf of Armagh Camogie we sincerely and deeply regret any offence caused as a result of this incident."

It comes after there were calls for the GAA to take "decisive action" after the footage was shared on social media.

Unionist representatives had described the video as "inexcusable" with calls for action to be taken against the "glorification of terrorism".

DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley has welcomed the apology from the Armagh Camogie Board and said that "making the glorification of terrorists part of a sporting celebration remains both inexcusable and inexplicable".

"The Armagh Camogie Board have said they will carry out a full investigation and that is to be welcomed," he said.

"I would hope that investigation can move beyond regret for any offence caused and apologise for the act itself. The statement and commitment to investigate is a welcome first step which I hope can arrive at that outcome."

He added: "I repeat the call that there must be an acceptance of that wider problem across Gaelic games and that a willingness must be shown to take meaningful action.

"That will require leadership from those in authority over the sports but also from political and civic nationalism in Northern Ireland."

 

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