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20th Apr 2018

Mickey Harte and several inter-county stars to kick off ‘GAA Athletes for a NO vote’

Patrick McCarry

The event is set to take place in Ballyfermot on Saturday afternoon.

With the referendum coming up on the Eighth Amendment [of the Irish Constitution], next month, many individuals and groups across the country are coming out in favour of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ votes.

The referendum on Friday, May 25 will either lead to the Eighth Amendment remaining in place or being repealed. That amendment reads thus:

‘The states acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.’

On Saturday afternoon at the Ballyfermot Sports and Fitness Centre, a number of GAA personalities and stars will gather to help launch ‘GAA Athletes for a NO vote’.

According to a press release on the event, members of ‘GAA Athletes for a NO vote’ will conduct a skills training session for local children from 2-3pm, followed by a press availability and the reading out of an official statement thereafter.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is the most high profile name set to be in attendance while others listed to be at the event are:

  • Joe Sheridan (former Meath footballer)
  • Patrick Gallagher (Antrim)
  • Aoife Cassidy (Derry, All-Ireland Camogie winning captain)
  • Anne-Marie McDonagh (former Galway Ladies Football)¬†

Sheridan and McDonagh are not currently involved with their counties and a Galway LGFA spokesperson told SportsJOE McDonagh ‘is not representing Galway Ladies Football in her stance on this issue’.

Campaigning on the referendum is set to ramp up in the coming weeks and several more sports stars may choose to step forward to express their views on what is a highly emotive matter.

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