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Outrage As Crossmaglen Priest Blesses ‘Punishment Beatings’ Hurly Sticks

There was widespread outrage today after a photo emerged of a Catholic priest blessing the hurling sticks of young IRA training ‘punishment teams’ we can reveal.

The shocking photo is thought to have been taken in St Patrick’s church in Crossmaglen.

One onlooker who was there for morning mass told us:

“The priest said the new generation of punishment attack volunteers were in the chapel and asked them to produce their hurls for blessing. It’s quite honestly the first time I even saw a hurly stick in Crossmaglen.”