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February 24, 2007

Final: Ireland 43-13 England

News About Ireland & The Irish

BB 02/24/07 Highlights of the Game
RT 02/24/07 Ahern Praises GAA, Fans After Irish Rugby Win
BT 02/24/07 Six Arrested Following Protest Outside Croke Park


Highlights: Ireland 43-13 England


Ahern Praises GAA, Fans After Irish Rugby Win

Saturday, 24 February 2007 21:55

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has paid tribute to Irish
rugby fans and the GAA after the Six Nations game in which
Ireland beat England passed off without incident this

Meanwhile, garda¡ say three people were arrested in the
city centre following a demonstration organised by
Republican Sinn F‚in.

The party were opposed to the singing of the English
National Anthem at Croke Park.

AdvertisementAfter handing in a letter of protest to the
GAA, RSF had planned to end its Drumcondra Road protest at

But half an hour early the group of around 60 moved and
ended up at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square.

There party president Ruari O Br daigh addressed the crowd
and told protestors the demonstration had been a job well

But within minutes a minor scuffle broke out and two people
were arrested.

A group of around 30 youths, many wearing hoodies and
covering their face with scarves, walked down O'Connell St
and through Temple Bar before returning to O'Connell

Further arrests took place there after one of the youths
kicked over a motorcycle.

A spokesperson for RSF said many non-party members had
joined the protest and none of the arrested were members.

Inside the stadium the mood was positive and anticipated
booing of the English National Anthem did not materialise.

RSF's letter objected to the hosting of the English rugby
team and the playing of 'God Save The Queen' at Croke Park.

The association's president, Nickey Brennan, did not accept
the letter in person but Mr O Br daigh described the
exchange as dignified, and said the main priority was that
it was accepted.

Security was tight for the historic encounter with 1,000
garda¡ on duty as 82,000 fans packed the GAA stadium.

Cars allowed pass through security cordons around the
stadium were being thoroughly searched, and the Garda
Helicopter is monitoring the city centre and the
surrounding area.

All around the venue building sites were cleared or secured
as part of security measures.

Earlier this week President Mary McAleese had said she
hoped the English team would receive a welcome to beat all
welcomes when they ran out.


Six Arrested Following Protest Outside Croke Park

24/02/2007 - 19:16:45

Garda¡ have arrested six people after minor scuffles near
O'Connell Street in connection with the protest that took
place outside Croke Park earlier in the day.

Republican Sinn F‚in organised the demonstration to protest
England playing in the GAA headquarters.

The protest was attended by about 30 people.

President of Republican Sinn F‚in, who had sent a letter of
protests to the president of the GAA earlier in the day,
denied any of those arrested were members of his party

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