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GAA Discussion / GAA's digital archive
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:49:31 AM »

Piece by piece, the GAA continues to make strides at curating its history and bubble-wrapping it safely for the generations to come. Another step forward was announced at Croke Park yesterday with the launch of the association’s digital archive, a move to reclaim its own footage from the grainy swamplands of YouTube and beyond.

The archive, announced in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, has been compiled by accessing footage from broadcasters and editing it into bite-size pieces for general consumption. It is available on site in the Croke Park museum and online at, and is an easily searchable collection of highlights packages from 113 All-Ireland hurling and football finals going back to 1961.

While welcome, the online version of the archive is far from perfect on first viewing. Although there is a facility in the Croke Park museum reading room to view full-length versions of matches, this option isn’t available online. The press release that accompanied the launch advertises provincial finals along with All-Ireland finals, but they aren’t available online either.

Neither is there any sign of the club finals from the past 30 years, as promised in the release. For an association that preaches democracy, it seems like an odd choice to include only teams that have made All-Ireland finals in the online archive, excluding the vast majority of the GAA populace at a stroke. Presumably this will be expanded as time passes.

Big appetite

That said, nothing sums up the appetite that exists for this kind of stuff in the GAA as much as the fact that the first reaction to a mass release of footage like this is to turn around and ask where the rest of it is. The association has for so long lagged so far behind in the provision of details on its own history, whether in annotated or filmed form, that any step forward must be saluted. It can only be hoped that a results archive that details teams, dates, scorers and referees is the next project on the horizon
“This is a fantastic initiative and one that safeguards so much of our history, not just for those who might have been fortunate to see the games the first time around, but for future generations too,” said GAA president John Horan at the launch.

“These games were taken from vaults, where they were kept on video tape, and their digitisation ensures that they can be enjoyed here at the GAA Museum and around the world through the internet.”

The chairman of the BAI, Pauric Travers, was also present at the launch in Croke Park. “In digitising television recordings of key GAA games and making them available through and the GAA museum, audiences will get to relive the excitement of key matches from football and hurling championships spanning almost six decades,” he said.

“The BAI’s Archiving Scheme is designed to support the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector, and this initiative will ensure that a key element of Ireland’s sports broadcasting heritage will be preserved for future generations.”

GAA Discussion / the GAA's supercrisis and the 2018 annual Report
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:47:58 AM »
The supercrisis is made up of

1. Dublin
2. Attendances
3. Croke Park and commercialisation
4. The football product
5. the dependence on a few matches to prop up the rest of the organisation

and it is visible in detail in the annual report

1.  "On the vexed question of Games Development grants, Dublin continue to secure a lion share of the €9.6m paid out directly to counties.
Dublin received €1.3m – an increase on last year's figure of £1.2m. Meath were the next biggest recipients with €367,400 but Cork – which has more registered GAA teams than any other county – received just €249,000."

This money goes on coaches

"Dubs skill level is much higher than most teams
Kick with both feet, pass off either hand, step off either foot
Plus maximise every advantage going - 3/4 steps extra while bouncing the ball, cutting in front of chasing player while soloing or running, setting screens to get space to shoot.
All highly coachable"

2 "Overall, the average attendances figures at the 39 games in the All-Ireland series – which includes the qualifiers, the Super 8s and the All-Ireland semi-final and final – was 13,225.
In 2017 when there were 33 games played in the football series the average attendance was 19,049."

3."The GAA commercial income increased to €19.6m last year compared to €17.3m in 2017.
The Croke Park stadium generated a surplus of €10.9m in 2018 – they handed over €8m of this to Central Council. This brings the total figure that the stadium has generated for the GAA since 2006 to €108m."

It looks like commercial income is more important these days than the state of football


 “The modern game wants the handpass and those that are making the rules and are responsible for them being implemented have conceded that.
“Being of the old school, I have to think there’s far too much handpassing. This was an opportunity to restrict it and return to what the game  is supposed to be — football. It’s so much like European Handball now.”
As a regular Croke Park matchgoer, O’Neill was alarmed by what he saw last season. “I would go to most of the Championship matches in Croke Park, not just the Dublin games, and I was never as bored as much at a game in my life as I was last summer.
“Some of those games were very pedestrian and they are following a soccer trend when it’s so possession-based.
A different strategy is needed to entertain the public because over the weekend I saw the TV viewing figures from last year and rugby games are higher than the GAA’s. When you think that Gaelic football and hurling are our national games and reflect the wider community, that’s worrying.

5. "While more than 800,000 attended the Central Council's championship games in 2018, six of the largest attendances accounted for over half the figure."

GAA Discussion / GAA felt bullied over Liam Miller match
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:50:42 PM »

GAA Discussion / 6 in a row
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:29:38 AM »

Is it

a) desirable for the sport
b) possible to stop it?
c) a sign that something is wrong ?

When do you think it will stop ? 19? 20? 21?
Are you expecting anything from Kerry ?


GAA players can spend up to 31 hours per week on their senior inter-county commitments and compromise on other aspects of their lives to do so, according to new ESRI research. Commissioned by the GAA and the GPA, the study uses data from a survey of 2016 players to examine how the demands of playing inter-county affects players’ personal and professional lives, and their club involvement.

Players, particularly those aged over 30, compromised on their personal relationships and general downtime in order to ring-fence time for their inter-county commitments

Players compromised on sleep, with almost half not getting the eight to ten hours recommended for athletes on a pitch-based training day. The injury rate was higher among players getting seven or less hours sleep. Players’ mental wellbeing was poorer than that of the general population, especially when compared to those of a similar age.

General discussion / Big tech and personal data
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:31:37 AM »
What do people think? Privacy is dead. If you have an iPhone or smartphone it is complicit as  is any Facebook data. Is this desirable?

The threat right now is the everyday part of it, which is the mass accumulation of data, the lack of privacy and that there isn’t any tight control or ethics. People just aren’t aware of the risk and the bias in the system that can lead to a very unequal society.

Cook warned that technology’s promise to drive breakthroughs that benefit humanity is at risk of being overshadowed by the harm it can cause by deepening division and spreading false information.
“Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency,” he said. Scraps of personal data are collected for digital profiles that let businesses know users better than they know themselves and allow companies to offer users “increasingly extreme content” that hardens their convictions, Cook said.
“This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them,” he said. “This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.”

There are still county finals being played in late October.   

General discussion / Bord na Mona
« on: October 25, 2018, 09:57:51 AM »
Almost 500 jobs will be lost in the Midlands as Bord na Mona closes 17 industrial bogs.

For certain places in Offaly say this is like the mine closures in England in the 80s. Will the government do it English style and ignore the communities or will it support them until they become productive again as was the case in Germany when it closed its mines ?

GAA Discussion / Soccer words that are not used in Gaelic analysis
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:34:47 AM »
1. "Quality"

Eg "Kerr ensured there was a conveyor belt of quality players going to the senior team"

Could be used for Roscommon at QF stage or Meath in the league

2 "Composure"
EG  Ireland were lacking in imagination, composure and belief

Could be used for the Tyrone forwards or indeed any forwards against  the Dubs

As such

General discussion / EU proposing to dump changing clocks twice a year
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:44:44 PM »

The proposed directive could fall foul of the Republic of Ireland’s government, however, as it would open up the potential for the Republic to run on a different time to Northern Ireland for seven months of the year. Another potential outcome would be that mainland Britain and Northern Ireland would operate in different time zones after Brexit.

GAA Discussion / GAA stadium ends
« on: July 09, 2018, 12:57:33 PM »
Croke Park has the Hill and the Canal
The Killinan end is in Thurles.
What are the rest of them called?

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