Gaelic Players Association equality banner display fails to happen

Limerick and Offaly players 'United for Equality' in Banagher earlier this month.

A PLAN by Limerick, and the other weekend All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-finalists (Galway, Kilkenny and Clare), to unveil a ‘United for Equality’ banner for team photos at Croke Park failed to materialise.

Gaelic Players Association (GPA) Chief Tom Parsons said that the move was agreed by the four managers – John Kiely (Limerick), Henry Shefflin (Galway), Derek Lyng (Kilkenny), and Brian Lohan (Clare).

“A #UnitedForEquality banner was to be displayed as part of the pre-game team photos,” Parsons said in correspondence to members.

“Following calls from GAA leadership to County Boards an intervention was made to prevent this simple show of solidarity.”

He continued: “The GAA leadership are clearly fearful of you using your collective voice in support of your female colleagues.”

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“As they prevented this straightforward action which would have caused little or no disruption to the build-up to the games, we have had a lot of angry feedback.”

GAA officials deny the claim.

The GPA has been active in lobbying the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association to come together and establish a player charter for the female athletes for 2024.