Last Sunday there was some controversy at Healy Park in Omagh when several GAA supporters flew Palestinian flags in the ground. This happened during the senior GAA championship game between Tyrone and Monaghan.
The Palestinian flags were removed and afterwards a GAA spokesman told the Irish News (22 May): 'There is no flag allowed other than the official (GAA) flag, national flag and team colours.'
By 'the 'national flag' he meant the national flag of the Irish Republic, the Tricolour.
Of course no GAA team is going to object to that since the constitution of the GAA contains in it support for a 32 county Irish republic. Another little reminder that the GAA is an Irish nationalist organisation, with a constitution that prevents unionists from joining.
A Protestant nationalist could join but not a unionist, whether that unionist be a Protestant, Roman Catholic or someone of no faith or another faith. It is not a religious exclusion, it is a political exclusion, and the Tricolour rule is merely an expression or outworking of that Irish nationalist ethos.