Andrew McQuillan

The sectarian shame of Ireland’s women’s football team

Katie McCabe of Republic of Ireland celebrates with teammates (Credit: Getty images)

How bad is Irish nationalism’s sectarian problem? In the somewhat Panglossian world occupied by nationalist and republican activists and politicians – boosted by recent census and election results – it doesn’t really feature in the discussion. 

At the recent ‘Ireland’s Future’ conference in Dublin, attended by thousands of people, the grubby stuff – the legacy of the Troubles and all – barely featured amidst the hopeful mood music and good vibes.

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