Armagh GAA club hits back at ‘unjust and unfair vilification’ of Tiernan Kelly after apparent eye gouge attempt

28/06/2022 22:24:00

“The vilification of Tiernan on social media over the last few days has been both unjust and unfair. Tiernan has been, and always will be, a great ambassador for our club.'

“The vilification of Tiernan on social media over the last few days has been both unjust and unfair. Tiernan has been, and always will be, a great ambassador for our club.'

The club of Tiernan Kelly, the Armagh extended panel member at the centre of eye gouging claims, in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway has issued a statement describing the “vilification” he has received on social media over the last few days as “unjust and unfair.”

Kelly has been in the spotlight since the incident with Galway’s Damien Comer at the end of normal time when rival players clashed as they left the field in Croke Park to prepare for extra-time.The GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee have met to look into all the incidents from Sunday's game and are expected to issue proposed penalties as the week goes on.

Clann Eireann’s immediate concern is for Kelly however. “As a club, the well-being of our playing members is of the utmost importance to us,” it was outlined in a statement."As a club, and a family, we will support and protect Tiernan and his family from those who don’t know him.

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Well an incident like that definitely does define that man Not one mention of an apology or that it was the wrong thing to do. Only takes one incident like this and someone could have been blinded in one eye, but sure he is a nice fella all the same. It should if your trying to scrape out someone’s eyes!

Well said - ban the player throw the book at him but people in public office etc calling this out is absolutely ridiculous thepainterflynn Can I change that, act of thuggery by Tiernan will be excused by his club and county.

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The stigma of the eye-gouge will follow Armagh around for some time Kelly has been in the spotlight since the incident with Galway’s Damien Comer at the end of normal time when rival players clashed as they left the field in Croke Park to prepare for extra-time.This field is required “I really think we have to get to grips with this situation.This field is required Afterwards, Joyce reflected on how Galway have been “accused of being soft in the past” but praised his players for showing “great character and great resilience” to win a big game in Croke Park.I n chaotic scenes close to the Cusack Stand tunnel, players from both sides clashed as they headed for the dressing-rooms and a full-scale row quickly developed, despite efforts by both management teams to separate the warring parties.

The GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee have met to look into all the incidents from Sunday's game and are expected to issue proposed penalties as the week goes on. Clann Eireann’s immediate concern is for Kelly however. “And people say, around the country, it’s the same – it’s not. “As a club, the well-being of our playing members is of the utmost importance to us,” it was outlined in a statement. “We’re condensing this season into six or seven months, which is crazy,” he added. "As a club, and a family, we will support and protect Tiernan and his family from those who don’t know him. Admittedly, it was in response to a situation which developed – but we solved it, and I think Croke Park really have to get to grips with this. “The vilification of Tiernan on social media over the last few days has been both unjust and unfair. It again finished in dramatic deadlock, with a spectacular equaliser from Cillian McDaid forcing the first ever Croker penalty shoot-out in senior championship football.

Tiernan has been, and always will be, a great ambassador for our club. What are they contributing there anyway? “So, we really should have people sitting in a stand and have the manager and his selectors in the dressing-room with their players. A mass brawl took place on screen at the end of full time and ahead of extra time at Croke Park earlier today and footage appeared to show Galway player Damien Comer being eye-gouged by a member of the Armagh sideline. GAA Newsletter Exclusives from under the skin of the GAA, from Ireland’s largest and best GAA team; Brolly, Mullane, Hogan and Ó Sé, to name but a few. Enter email address Sign Up “Anyone who knows him, will know the dedication and hard work he puts into both his club and county, along with the time he spends coaching and encouraging our young Gaels.” On the more general subject of the GAA’s creaking disciplinary system, O’Neill accepted there is an issue. His dedication to the GAA, both on the field and behind the scenes, has been nothing short of amazing.” However, gardai confirmed to the Irish Independent a complaint on any issue of an alleged assault at Croke Park had not been made. “One moment does NOT define a man. “Really, we should move to a situation where penalties are imposed on the day. They shouldn’t be running in together at half-time.

The GAA will have its due process regarding the issue. We would ask people to let this process take place before making judgement. That meant that people just weren’t doing the sort of things they’re doing now. He said during the coverage: "We should be here praising a great game, instead we're looking at disgraceful scenes.” Read More .