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Re: What can the GAA do to resurrect an interest in Intercounty Football?
« Reply #45 on: June 21, 2018, 02:19:41 PM »
I think the imbalance is a huge issue. More funding has to go into weaker counties to provide quality coaching and try and get an interest in GAA. I remember working with a lad a few years ago who took a career break to work full time as a recruitment officer for Parnells. His job involved going into schools and coaching hurling and signing them up with club.
Well that's exactly the "paid coaches" that everyone talks about. They don't go near the elite kids, they teach basic skills to those who have done little/no GAA and encourage them to join the club where the volunteers will look after them. I think I remember hearing they get paid something in the early 20ks, but I don't know for sure. Half the money comes from the club the other half from the GAA.

No question that this should be available in every county, maybe one GDO per 2 or 3 clubs. Certainly in places where it's not automatic that the schoolkids would head down to the GAA club in the town/village anyway.Certainly in places where it's not automatic that the schoolkids would head down to the GAA club in the town/village anyway. I doubt anyone would be turned down if they said they would raise half the money from their members.
 

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Re: What can the GAA do to resurrect an interest in Intercounty Football?
« Reply #46 on: June 21, 2018, 02:44:41 PM »
Sincere apologies. I picked you up completely wrong.

To answer your question I don't know. But I don't think you are comparing like with like. I don't believe The Roscommon and Armagh CB's 'favoured' the clubs in question during those periods.

Yeah, and that's where I fail to get across my point because many just don't believe it.
Like, you do have people who seem to believe that Dublin players don't work!
People seem to think that the GAA have created this Dubs team to dominate, and that for some reason its a completely different story to when Kerry and Kilkenny dominated.

I honestly don't believe the GAA favour the Dubs intercounty team, or do as much as they can to help the Dubs win. The difference is the Dubs are now taking advantage of the natural advantages they they have. And many of those have increased (population movement from country to Dublin)

The money argument is a complete red herring. The money the GAA gives to the Dubs goes completely to grassroots and not to elite. Maybe a GDO persuaded someone to play GAA (who otherwise would not) and they went on to become a superstar. But I doubt it. For sure they've helped drive membership which brings in more money to clubs to improve facilities and more volunteers, but that's a hardly a bad thing.

We have a huge advantage in playing numbers throughout the county, and the Dublin County Board are now making best use of that, ex-county players volunteering to take underage development squads, etc and very importantly a vibrant and well run club scene.

The DCB are also exploiting commercial revenues much better, so players are looked after very well. Players are also looked after really well in Kerry and Mayo, but we have the huge advantage that all our players are within a relatively short distance of training pitches, etc. So it's just easier.

And fans and players not having the hassle, inconvenience, cost, etc of travelling to many away games is a great advantage.

Maybe Dublin should build a 30k-40k stadium to be their home and take away some of the perceived Croke Park advantage. Although maybe that would be a waste of money. 

We're obviously not doing everything right in that are minors rarely dominate and would have been miles behind Kerry the last few years and our hurlers, who get just as much funding, can't breakthrough to the big time. But with population continuing to increase I'm sure that will change some day. We need to start moving people away from Dublin!

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Re: What can the GAA do to resurrect an interest in Intercounty Football?
« Reply #47 on: June 21, 2018, 08:26:29 PM »
I think the imbalance is a huge issue. More funding has to go into weaker counties to provide quality coaching and try and get an interest in GAA. I remember working with a lad a few years ago who took a career break to work full time as a recruitment officer for Parnells. His job involved going into schools and coaching hurling and signing them up with club.

Parnells sold their pitch beside the Airport and pissed all their money again signing up mercenaries likes Wooly and Conor Mort. Stephen Cluxton actually dropped down to their intermediate team to play with the lads he grew up with up as senior team was full of outsiders. They never got close to winning senior championship and now in AFL3.

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Put the Dublin club champions into the Leinster cship with the other counties. The likes of Vincents,BBoden etc. have as big a population as most counties anyway. That would level it out.