Cork hurling fans are among the most colourful in the game. The Rebels often bring bumper crowds to Semple Stadium, Croke Park, and indeed anywhere else they may travel to.
One trademark of the Rebel support is that they bring all sorts of flags to brighten up the occasion.
A frequent sight at Cork games is a Japan flag flying the terrace, or indeed a confederate flag.
However, due to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, there is added controversy surrounding the banner.
There have been widespread calls for Cork fans to acknowledge what the flag represents, and not to fly them at Croke Park today for the All-Ireland semi-final.
Please Cork, no Confederate flags today. Hurling is basically the only good and pure thing left in the world, don’t stink it up on us.
— Fergal (@Fergal) August 13, 2017
Fellow people, no Confederate flag carrying bullshit nonsense tomorrow. There’s nothing rebel about it and it’s not what we stand for https://t.co/9sr7NK8Vxt
— Gary Murphy (@GaryMurphyDCU) August 12, 2017
Any fan with a Confederate flag today should be banned from the stadium.
— Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) August 13, 2017
After the events in #charlotesville I hope the supporters take note and do not wave confederate flags in croke park tomorrow
— john kenny (@JohnKennyMedia) August 12, 2017
fans shouldn’t fly the Confederate flag because it’s a racist symbol of hate, and also because it makes them look like pure dopes
— Aideen Blackwood (@aideenblackwood) August 13, 2017