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GAA fans attacked in Kesh
CARS bringing jubilant Donegal GAA supporters back home last Sunday following their victory over Cork, were pelted with eggs hurled by youths in the main street of Kesh.
One young mother from Pettigo contacted the Herald to express her annoyance at an attack on two cars carrying her friends.
She herself was at the game and had travelled without incident through Kesh in a minibus at about 10.15 on Sunday night, shortly before her friends’ cars were pelted with eggs thrown by ‘a group of yobs in main street.
“They were in a string of cars going through. There were 44,000 from Donegal at the match, so you can imagine the queue going through. This is the main thoroughfare for people from Donegal town, the Rosses, Killybegs and, nearer home, Laghey and Pettigo.
“It was extremely upsetting for children to witness such an unwarranted show of abuse, especially as we all thought times had changed.
“I along with most people from Pettigo frequent Kesh on a regular basis, be it for shopping or eating. Thankfully, it is only a sad minority, and I know the majority of Kesh dwellers would frown at such a thing; but can someone please explain why this venom is still expressed to this day, ‘cause I can’t understand it.
“It is very intimidating, especially for the children, and their parents then have to explain to them why this is happening. I just think it’s very sad.”
She said she would not be opting for an alternative route home come 23rd September when Donegal play in the All-Ireland final.
“I will still go back through Kesh. We are only five miles away. We are all for peace and this is what you’re up against. It is awful that people can’t go on, un-noticed. OK, there could be another way home, but why should I let yobs deter me?”