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A British Army Team Will Compete In GAA Championship In 2016

A British Army Team Will Compete In GAA Championship In 2016
By Sinead Farrell

The British Army will field a team in the London GAA championship from next year following a vote at a County Board meeting that went to deadlock on Monday night.

The vote was split at 15 apiece with the final call falling to London GAA chairman Noel O'Sullivan. Mr O'Sullivan, who originally voted yes, committed to his first choice and thus the Irish Guards regiment were accepted into the Association.

These teams are now free to compete in the Junior division of the 2016 Championship, League and Cup competitions in what is considered an unprecedented case for London GAA. They will wear the clubname Gardai Eireannach on the back of their jerseys.

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It was Major Fox of the Irish Guards who presented the case to the London County Board and its club delegates for the vote in the Irish TV Grounds in Ruislip.

The Irish Guards are currently stationed in Hounslow Cavalry Barracks, west London where they receive help with running their training sessions from the Tir Chonaill Gaels Club and London GAA.

A century old ban on prohibiting British security forces from playing Gaelic Games, was abolished almost 14 years ago.

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