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Irish Mirror
Mark Donlon

Roscommon GAA welcome Ukrainian refugees to Dr Hyde Park for Allianz League game

Roscommon GAA have been roundly praised after welcoming a group of Ukrainian refugees to Dr Hyde Park to watch the Rossies take on Galway.

Their final Allianz League fixture against Galway took place on Sunday afternoon and Anthony Cunningham's side produced a win on a scoreline of 1-20 to 1-15.

Roscommon GAA took to Facebook to post a heartwarming picture of a group of Ukrainian refugees who had been in attendance at Dr Hyde Park for the game.

Following the outbreak of war in Ukraine and the subsequent mass exit of millions of its citizens, Ireland has become a European destination for displaced Ukrainian refugees.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar recently outlined that this was a refugee crisis of unprecedented scale and projected that Ireland could end up taking in 100,000 refugees.

Since the people of Ireland have opened up their homes and made spare rooms available, Ukrainian families have been settling in as the war rumbles on in their homeland.

And at Dr Hyde Park yesterday were a group of 21 Ukrainians who had travelled away from the warzone as far as Cuisle in County Roscommon to seek refuge.

On their official Facebook page, Roscommon GAA wrote: "We were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome a group of brave, resilient people to Dr Hyde Park today.

"They have travelled to Cuisle, Roscommon to find refuge from the horrors of the war in Ukraine."

And the comments section was full of good wishes and positivity.

One comment read: "Be kind to them it costs nothing and well done."

While another said: Well done Ros GAA."

Another message simply read: "Lovely."

Roscommon certainly gave the new settlers a good display, beating Galway to complete an unbeaten run in the Allianz League and securing promotion to Division One in doing so.

They will contest the Division Two final against the Tribesmen, who finished second, next weekend.

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