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Jack Charlton era made GAA sit up and understand its greatest strength

It’s funny to look back at it now but the Jack Charlton era in Irish soccer was initially viewed as some sort of existential threat to Gaelic games. There was a strong undercurrent of apprehension that with the world opening to Irish soccer, the (national) game was up. Charlton’s primary significance was delivering qualification for…

Flynn wants ‘extreme’ change in club v county debate GAA/ 15 hrs

Bernard Flynn has called on the GAA to make "radical" changes when it comes to the ongoing "club versus county" debate in Gaelic games. The coronavirus pandemic has seen the inter-county season greatly upended, with the All-Ireland football and hurling finals set to be played in December, while squads are not permitted to train collectively until…

Coughing in face a red card offense and optimum 500 fans

Deliberately coughing in the face of an opponent will be considered as behaving in a way that is dangerous and will warrant a red card and a one-match ban, new match regulations circulated to all GAA clubs ahead of the return to competitive action next week have outlined. rdinarily, such an action would not have…

Munster’s EUR1.7 m spend on coaching worth EUR30m in social value

For every euro invested in coaching Gaelic games in Munster in 2019, there was a return of almost €17. hat was the headline finding in the latest analysis of investment and return in coaching and games development in the province, conducted by Repucon Consulting, who used Social Return On Investment (SROI) methodology to come to…

LGFA change policy on cross-border difficulty matches

Updated / Monday, 6 Jul 2020 22:09 Differences in regulations across jurisdictions have complicated the return to sport in Ireland The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has changed its policy to allow teams from Northern Ireland play challenge games against clubs from the Republic. Full-contact matches will not be permitted in the six counties until 17…

Frankie states he’s not sure if limitations ought to be unwinded

Like many others, St Enda's football manager Frankie Fitzsimmons had become used to being off the hamster wheel that is year-on-year involvement with Gaelic games. ince he came in as selector to Liam Bradley with the Antrim senior team for the 2014 season, he has been involved in the nuts and bolts of a never-ending…

Dónal Óg Cusack: The county is as essential as the clubs themselves

Dónal Óg Cusack has criticised elements of the GAA media who he believes are intent on making Gaelic games as “anonymous as the League of Ireland B”.The current Cork minor hurling manager is also the president of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and has taken aim at those who he believes are trying to drive…

‘Sad situation’

As the return to competitive Gaelic games draws closer, the perennial battle of club versus county continues to gather pace. Offaly chairman Michael Duignan spoke vehemently during the week about the rumours of inter-county training taking place in the designated club window.  Duignan took aim at the inter-county managers, county boards, the GAA, the players and the GPA regarding the handling…