that prat is wearing a football shirt whilst protesting about "foreign" sports.
That is what I read the picture as...
Isn't soccer by many in Ireland tainted in the view of being ambushed onto them by the English and the English influence during the battle of independence?
By a few misguided fools but soccer is the number 1 sport in Ireland with Rugby Closely behind. Like AFl the GAA is only popular in certain pockets of the country.
Speaking of misguided fools, I can't let this latest piece of CarlosA misinformation go by uncorrected. GAAA is easily the most popular in the Republic - not just a few certain pockets.
Furthermore, soccer's popularity has declined in Ireland since its team failed to reach the last World Cup. No doubt, this will fluctuate in future depending on the success (or otherwise) of the Irish national team. But when it comes to attendances in Ireland, GAAA easily outdoes both soccer and rugby combined.
And in regards to Croke Park being just another 'multi purpose' venue, perhaps refer back to the article (previous page) about it being 'sacred ground', built from the rubble of the 1916 Easter uprising against British rule as a home to the formerly banned Irish GAAA sports, and the site of the Bloody Sunday massacre. For many in Ireland, Croke Park is more than just a sports stadium, but a still potent symbol of Irish independence and nationalism.