Last night the same club, St Comghall's, was the victim of an attempted attack (mass murder) by loyalists. But on this occasion the now Mayor of Antrim – the same Adrian Watson – said it was a:
"... disgusting attack by mindless thugs who had nothing to offer the community. These are young men training in a community centre surrounded by hundreds of homes", and "they have done nothing wrong, bar being members of a GAA club".
Now, being charitable, it is likely that he did not mean that being members of a GAA club was 'wrong'. In which case, it represents a remarkable change of tune from unionism. Where previously they sang dumb when GAA property of members were attacked, or they actually carried out vicious (verbal) attacks themselves, now members of the unionist parties are actually volunteering condemnation of loyalist thugs for attacking the GAA.
The attack was also condemned by DUP MLA Trevor Clarke, so the condemnations appear to represent a new thinking within unionism rather than just a maverick comment by one person.
Is this evidence of a new less confrontational unionist approach to the GAA?