Northern Ireland

Meath GAA says person responsible for tweet calling Down grounds 'a kip' is no longer a member of its PR team

The Ballycran pitch in Co Down.
The Ballycran pitch in Co Down. The Ballycran pitch in Co Down.

MEATH GAA has said the person responsible for using an official Twitter account to describe club grounds in Co Down as "a kip" is "no longer" a member of its PR team.

Down GAA’s hurling side hosted Offaly at the Ballycran pitch near Kircubbin on Sunday, with the comment from the Meath GAA stating: "It’s a kip, no inter county matches should be played in that place.

"Hasn’t changed in 30 years. How many sliotars were lost today?"

Down boss Rohan Sheehan was quick to condemn the tweet, before accepting an official apology from Meath GAA.

“Hard to believe Meath GAA would make a comment like that about fellow Gaels," he said.

"Maybe if they knew some of their history about the clubhouse in Ballycran it would suit them better…we had to play Meath last year in Trim on a heavy pitch after a club football game…kettle and pot!”

When one Twitter user told him to see the funny side, he added: “Yeah calling a club house and pitch that was burned to the ground twice and rebuilt by volunteer efforts a kip is a great laugh."

In a statement, Meath GAA said the “offensive tweet” did not reflect their views.

Following an internal investigation, they added: “A member of the public relations team has this morning accepted responsibility for posting the tweet.

“Coiste na Mí C.L.G. can confirm that this person is no longer a member of the public relations team.

“We apologise once again for the offence caused by the tweet.”