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Down Camogie Player Outraged Over 'Sexist' GAA After Skiing Holiday Prize Snub

Down Camogie Player Outraged Over 'Sexist' GAA After Skiing Holiday Prize Snub
By Conor Neville
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Down camogie player Catherine McGourty won the female event at the Ulster Poc Fada in Hen Mountain in Co. Down.

She got around the course in 35 pucks and was rewarded with a medal for efforts.

The male event was taking place in the same time at the same venue. The male winner on the day was Tyrone's Paddy McKillon (what a victory for Tyrone hurling?) who completed the course in 25 pucks.

Like McGourty, he received a prize for his efforts. Namely, a trophy - and a ski holiday.

McGourty said she wasn't thinking about prizes when she entered the competition but afterwards she couldn't help but contrast her own medal with her male equivalent's upcoming skiing holiday. She vented to the Irish News.

When we got back into the Clonduff club rooms, it was then in the speech before the prizes were given out that I first heard about the skiing holiday and that it would only be going to the male winner.

Eleanor [Mallon], who also went round the course too, shouted out it wasn't fair and we were told it was to do with the sponsor. But they didn't say anything else, no explanation was given at all.

It's the principle of it, the Ulster GAA should not be doing this, we did the exact same route as the men so I'm disappointed in the way we have been treated.

We aren't trying to take away from the winner. He didn't ask for the prize and I didn't even know there was a skiing holiday to win beforehand, so that's not why I entered.

But it came as a shock that they can do this, it's totally sexist.


In response to McGourty's protestations, Ulster Camogie have released their explanation for the disparity in prizes. The prizes, they say, for the Poc Fada competition are not decided by the Ulster GAA.

Rather it was 'the central GAA, in conjunction with two sponsors, who organised a prize for the Senior Men's Poc Fada winner, and this falls outside the remit of the Ulster bodies.'

The Gaelic Life magazine have stepped in and attempted to raise money to send McGourty on holiday. They have provided her with a €500 voucher for a holiday with Travel Solutions Belfast.


The Antrim minor hurling manager Ciaran Kearney, while agreeing with the case made by the aggrieved camogie players, came at the controversy from a different angle, ridiculing the BBC for their outraged stance.


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