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GAA and Orange Order to share US stage

(Margaret Canning, Irish News)

The biggest names in the GAA trophy cabinet will be the star attractions when a delegation from the sport attends the Smithsonian festival next month.

The Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cups will be brought to Washington DC by eight members of the Ulster Council.

It will be a rare joint trip abroad for the All-Ireland football and hurling trophies, as officials showcase Gaelic games in Northern Ireland for men and women.

Banners will detail the association's history for the uninitiated, who will also be invited to kick a ball or swing a hurley.

Visitors will also get to see a caman being fashioned from raw ash, courtesy of hurley maker Gavin Duffy from Belfast.

Ulster Council chairman Tom Daly, right said: "We are looking forward to it as an opportunity to get across what the GAA in the north is all about, and its successes and ambitions.

"The GAA is active every day and night of the year."

Meanwhile, the Orange Order is also sending a delegation, including banner painter William Magowan from Garvagh in Co Derry and historians specialising in the Order.

Grand master Robert Saulters said: "We hope that all those who go will represent Northern Ireland well and that the event will encourage many thousands of Americans to visit.

"It goes without saying we will be encouraging them to watch our parades," Mr Saulters said.

June 21, 2007
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This article appeared first in the June 20, 2007 edition of the Irish News.


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