Support for Carrick School in GAA debate

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THERE has been strong support for Carrick Primary School’s decision to introduce Gaelic football lessons during PE classes.

Last week the ‘MAIL’ reported that Carrick pupils were taking part in Gaelic coaching sessions, a decision that had angered some parents.

It sparked a debate on our Facebook page which generated over 100 comments. The majority appeared to be in favour of Carrick’s decision, while some people felt parents should have been consulted before introducing the Irish sport at the mixed school.

The politics of the GAA were discussed by some Facebook users while one person posted: “Does it really matter as long as kids enjoy it?”

A parent of a P3 child at the school told the ‘MAIL’: “The opportunity to bring our kids up in an environment where they are genuinely cared for and guided and get to mix and meet with other cultures and religions is all too rare in this province. Carrick is forward thinking and setting an example for the future.”

Principal Brian Jess and Ulster Unionist Sam Gardiner, chair of the school’s board of governors, both wished to make no further comment.

Meanwhile the local branch of the PUP stated: “The GAA purports to be a non-political and non-sectarian organisation but the evidence states otherwise.

“If this programme was to be introduced it should have been done in partnership with the children and parents. We call on the local school governors and the elected representatives to put a halt to these so -called sports. The glorification of terrorism has no place in sport and until the GAA addresses these issues it has no place in our schools.”