HC Deb 22 May 1905 vol 146 cc974-5
MR. SLOAN, (Belfast, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he in aware that, for a considerable time past and especially on the 14th instant, the Gaelic footballers of Coalisland and Cookstown have paraded on Sundays through Tullyhogue, Grange, and Stewartstown, and fired revolvers to the annoyance of the inhabitants attending Divine service; and what action, if any, does he propose to take in order to avoid similar occurrences in future.


On two Sundays within the past three months a football team from Cookstown has proceeded to Coalisland, and two return visits, also on Sundays, have been paid by the Coalisland team. On one of these occasions the latter team sang a Party song when passing Stewartstown Protestant Church. On another occasion the Cookstown team sang Party songs, and it is alleged that a shot was fired by a member of the team near Tullyhogue, but of the latter occurrence the police have no evidence. I understand that on the one side games on Sundays are objected to, while on the other the situation is aggravated by Party displays in hostile † See (4) Debates, cxlv., 816. localities. The police will take all necessary measures for preserving the peace, and for preventing any interference with Divine service.