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Saturday, May 27, 2006

 

Stand Up For The Ulstermen!


After Munsters' fantastic win last weekend, Ulster won the Celtic League last night by beating the Ospreys. Much happiness chez Pakman not least because of the obvious Welshness of Ms Pakman. The win is a great shot in the arm for the team who have disappointed in this years' Heineken Cup. With next years' campaign in mind, being Celtic champions will improve the draw and consequently the chance of progressing to the knock-out rounds. I'm getting excited at the thought - roll on September!

Comments:
Why on earth is David Humphreys waving the flag of the old Stormont Parliament? I thought he played for Ulster?
 
Humphreys is waving the "Ulster Banner" designed for the Parliament of Northern Ireland for the last coronation. Perfectly appropriate.

Either that or he's a hun.
 
Well o.k. then, why is he waving a flag "designed for the Parliament of Northern Ireland for the last coronation"? What on earth does any of that have to do with Ulster? Can you imagine the furore if Tommy Bowe wandered around at the end of the match waving a tri-colour and claimed "But I'm waving the tricolour, it was designed as the national flag of the Irish Republic at the foundation of the state." Again, 'perfectly appropriate' applying your logic. Ulster has a flag - funnily enough, it flies at the entrance to Ravenhill on match days (It's got a yellow background and doesn't sport a Crown over the red hand).
 
Last time I was at Ravenhill the only flag I noticed flying was the Union Flag.

The one Humphreys has is the one I always take home and away.

As for the display of Republic of Ireland symbols at island of Ireland rugby matches - do you really want to go there?
 
"Last time I was at Ravenhill the only flag I noticed flying was the Union Flag."

Wrong - the Ulster flag also flies, either at the main entrance or beside the stand. Funnily enough it has to - Ravenhill is the headquarters of the I.R.F.U. UIster Branch. Perhaps you should contact the Ulster Branch and tell them that they ought to be flying the flag "designed for the Parliament of Northern Ireland for the last coronation."?

"The one Humphreys has is the one I always take home and away." Oh dear, touch of the old megalomania there methinks. (D'oh...of course, silly me, Peter King ALWAYS takes the 'flag designed for the Parliament of Northern Ireland for the last coronation' with him at home and away, then it MUST be right......)

"As for the display of Republic of Ireland symbols at island of Ireland rugby matches - do you really want to go there?"

Yes I do actually - I think it's quite wrong. I have always objected to the playing of Amhrann na Bfhiann and the flying of the Tricolour at Lansdowne Road. Why - for the very same reasons that I object to the flying of the flag "designed for the Parliament of Northern Ireland for the last coronation" by supporters at Ravenhill - it's factually and legally inaccurate and tends to alienate a significant percentage of the supporters. Your (a)inability to recognise the impropriety of Ulster players flying a flag 'designed for the Parliament of Northern Ireland for the last coronation' and (b) crass assumption that by pointing this out I was exposing myself as some sort of rabid republican, says more about your own sectarian prejudice than anything else.
 
It's a fabulous flag. I love it. Well done the Humph for displaying it so proudly.

UUPER
 
Good for you Humph!
No way should he be anything other than the no 1 choice for ireland - but his face doesn't fit.
 
Anon

catch yourself on.

I don't propose to tell the Ulster Branch how to dedcorate their ground - I am just happy that the team wins things like the Celtic League. You in your rantings have yet to pass comment on that achievement.


The fact that I take one flag as opposed to another to a rugby match is perhaps the weakest example of my meglomania you could find. Ask around. I'm sure you'll do better next time.

As for prejudice. Well, where in either the original post or my two subsequent comments is there any hint of sectarianism or suggestion that you are a republican (rabid or otherwise)?

That's right ... NOWHERE.

This post is about a job well done by the rugby team I happen to support. Now unless you can enjoy the fact that Ulster won the Celtic League frig off and spew bile else where.

Ulster won. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!

BTW "anonymous", I have never attempted to hide my identity on this site or elsewhere. Unlike you.
 
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