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Tree Dedication at Stormont to Mark 125 years of the GAA

12 November, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

This afternoon a Tree dedication ceremony hosted by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was held in the grounds opposite Parliament Buildings to mark the 125th anniversary of An Cumann Lúthchleas Gael.

A plaque was unveiled by Tom Daly, President Ulster GAA and Gerry Adams.

Speaking after the event, which he described as a ‘very special and unique occasion’ Mr. Adams paid tribute to the GAA. He said:

“The positive impact for positive change by the GAA on society in Ireland has been profound. The GAA brings together individuals and communities like no other organisation. It embodies a spirit of pride and identity which enthuses and motivates.

It is right therefore that we are here to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Even after 125 years the GAA is still one of the most important and dynamic institutions on this island.
The Sinn Féin President pointed to the statue of “Edward Carson who is identified with militant unionism. But as a student at Trinity College in Dublin he was a member of their hurling team.

Finally, I want to commend An Cumann Lúthchleas Gael for the role which they play in development of our young people, and our communities.

I am very proud to be a member of this great organisation and I wish it well during its next 125 years.”

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