St.Patrick's Ballyragget intermediate hurlers have come to national attention in the last few days after their Kilkenny Intermediate Hurling Championship victory.
Photos and footage of their wild celebrations were widely circulated with two strippers called Fifi and Sabrina at the forefront of the party.
A garda investigation has even been launched, over footage of one of the ladies performing a sex act on a Ballyragget player.
The club insists it was a private event, a 21st birthday party for one of the players. The Kilkenny County board have still launched their own investigation though.
If you thought the scandal couldn't get any more Irish, it just has.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said a "scar" had been left on the community.
“Unfortunately, Ballyragget is now in the papers for all the wrong reasons. It leaves a scar on the community.
“I’m just sorry that it ever happened. What was a grand occasion has really been spoiled? I hope this is a lesson learned.”
Fr.Murphy added that there could be a positive outcome though.
He has offered confession to anyone involved in the scandal.
"I don't think there's going to be a rush to confessions but if anyone wants to talk about it, I would be very glad to talk to them. There is salvation at the end of this."
FOR GOD'S SAKE WHY IS THIS STORM IN A TEACUP MAKING NATIONAL NEWS IN IRELAND FOR DAYS AND DAYS???
A 21st-century young Irish man celebrating his 21st birthday get drunk with a few friends in a rural pub and two adult women come along (paid or unpaid ???) and do a strip act.
AND THE GARDAI ARE INVESTIGATING !!!!!!
There were no minors present or involved!
No sexual crime took place!
Nobody was forced to be present and nobody was raped!
And the stupid bloody priest wants the young men and women to come to Confession to him and receive FORGIVENESS and SALVATION!!!
We all know that parties involving young men and women - especially at the periphery of football - can be sexually charged.
We all know - that whether or not the Catholic Church likes it or not - most young Irish people engage in premarriage and extramarital sex.
It's not as if any of them were married with vows.
It's not as if any of them were priests or nuns with vows of chastity.
And of those making a song and dance about it all _
How many of them were married and sleeping with their secretaries on the night in question?
How many priests in Ireland were having sex with men and women that night - in their presbyteries or in night clubs and saunas?
Of course, I believe in the Christian IDEALS about sexuality happening in the context of love and commitment.
BUT does Ireland not have bigger moral problems than the Balltragget pub party:
- The homeless sleeping on the streets of Dublin?
- Families being thrown out of their homes by ruthless bankers?
- People living below the poverty line?
WHY IS IT THAT WE IRISH STILL THINK THAT THE GREATEST MORAL ISSUE IN OUR COUNTRY IS SEX???