Back in the day, when television consisted mainly of three stations in black and white, one of the programmes we used to love was the Game Show with Sale of the Century one of our favourites.
One of the more curious aspects of the GAA is how it is developing worldwide. To suggest there is an explosion of interest globally in our games would be seriously wide of the mark, but there is definitely green shoots in each of the four continents worthy of note.
Who would be a GAA playing university student in the modern era? It must be the most confusing, oppressive, tiring experience possible. It would make you wonder how they get through their winters of discontent at all. Let me explain.
ANYONE following the GAA news down south at the moment might be aware of the current debate in Tipperary around the issue of Hayes’ Hotel, where the GAA was founded in 1884. This hotel is currently in administration and politicians are lobbying the GAA to purchase it to ensure it remains part of the GAA heritage portfolio.
AS THE inter-county pre-season clanks its way into action on fog filled, damp and chilly pitches round the country, hundreds of bright eyed and bushy tailed rookie county players will be heading off to their first sessions as county players.
JUDGING by the fact that more than half the winning clubs in this year’s Ulster club championship are returning to the winter ground having retained their title, it is becoming obvious that these teams are tailoring their seasons to peak and trough at the right times.
Those who hate the International Rules must have been rejoicing last weekend at the two non events that we witnesses in Cavan and Croker. I must say I’m slightly agnostic about the whole thing; I don’t get upset one way or the other.
LAST week’s events were a perfect example of the tightrope one has to walk when talking about the GAA and its relationships with unionists. Like every other significant organisation in this part of Ireland, the GAA is as much hindered as it is helped by its history.
NONE of us seem to have realised this yet, but the GAA is sleepwalking into a change in 2014 which, if implemented, has the capacity to completely change forever how we play our games at county level.
The most damaging phrase in our language is ‘It’s always been done that way’. Grace Hopper I’ll start off with a story…* Five monkeys were placed in a cage. In the middle of the cage there was a ladder with a banana on top. As one might expect one of the monkeys raced toward the […]