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GAA priest quits over Wexford ‘Full Monty’ benefit

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Andrew Bushe

DUBLIN – A “Full Monty” strip show act in aid of charity at a County Wexford GAA hall has led to a full frontal row with a priest quitting as the club chaplain.

Copying the stars of the Oscar-nominated movie, five local men went “the whole way” at the Enniscorthy club, which had been rented for the charity function. It was all too much for Fr. John Carroll, who resigned.

The club chairman, TD John Browne, said the executive committee had received a request for the hall for a fun night to raise funds for cancer research at Dublin’s Crumlin Hospital for sick children.

“We gave it in good faith,” Browne said. “It was conveyed to the group on three or four occasions that the “Fully Monty” would not be acceptable, but it happened on the night.”

He said he had arrived after the stripping act and about 300 people were there. “I think about two people conveyed their objections to what happened and the rest of the people seemed to have enjoyed themselves,” he said.

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“We regret the resignation of Fr. Carroll. We hope he will have a rethink and come back into the club. He is entitled to his opinion, but I think it was a bit over the top.”

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