Oh, it's just Gerry Adams, in a GAA jersey, on a horse. For some time now, the Sinn Féin President's Twitter feed has been a surrealist and oddly entertaining bilingual stream of random personal observations, song lyrics and and political commentary, but surely none will top this picture from yesterday which carries the wholly reasonable caption "Horsey horsey don't U stop. Just let ur hooves go clippety clop" (sic).
Horsey horsey don't U stop. Just let ur hooves go clippety clop. pic.twitter.com/y5Hq5zH0rA
— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 22, 2014
Balls reader Rian Ó Dúill has informed us that Adams is sporting a jersey from Campa Chormaic Chontae Aontroma - a GAA and Irish language summer camp set up in the memory of Tyrone great Cormac McAnallen. Adams may be a TD for Louth but one suspects his GAA county allegiance has not wavered from his native Antrim. Close followers of his Twitter activity will have noticed that Adams mentioned his intention to go horse riding a couple of days ago. He also Tweeted a picture of a young child, presumably a granddaughter, on a much smaller horse than Gerry's sizable piebald.
I have an appointment with a horse.
— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 19, 2014
On the subject of Irish political leaders engaging in sporting activity, we explored the varying accounts of Michael Collins' athletic prowess in this piece from yesterday, the 92nd anniversary of his death. A few months ago, we recounted this tale of five-a-side fan Bertie Ahern's mishap with a pair of foreskin-damaging squash shorts. And since we're on the subject of mounted politicos, here's some newsreel footage of Eamon de Valera on horseback, along with Minister for Defence Frank Aiken, reviewing unfortunately-helmeted Irish soldiers in the Phoenix Park in 1933.