This is ridiculous...
Jim Gavin explains why Dublin received €1.34 million in funding
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Just seeing this now. I'd love to know how much of a structure Dublin had before the money started rolling in. I suspect that all they had was a plan and Croke Park jumped at it. The fact is that Croker sees a block of Dublin supporters (1.5m of them) as a single unit of customers and compares that to the 33 other teams, none of whom come close to those sort of numbers. Offaly wins an All Ireland, 80,000 people happy. Dublin wins, it's 1.5m.
Dublin came up with a plan (or were told to), the plan is funded, then all and sundry justify the funding. Volunteerism? How many in clubs around Laois are not volunteers. They hardly reinvented the wheel there.
I'd love to see the funding stopped and see how Dublin fares after. This is the end justifying the means. At this stage, the rest of the country is on catch-up. GAA in Dublin is sexy, because winning is sexy. If the GAA are not careful, we'll have such a boring championship because Dublin will keep winning. When Croker kills the golden goose, who will answer for that?
Having said all that, the CB have to step up to the plate now. We do have (4/5) GDOs that my club has not seen in about three years. Apart from the odd match for their own club or Cul Camp weeks, I'd say nearly the entire CB has not been out to our club in that time. There's no proactive thinking at all. They get a reasonable idea (eg OMP Experience night) and run it until people are bored of it.