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GAA Discussion / The effect of the GAA on communities, rural and urban.
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:37:58 AM »
One of our lads, in his final year at Uni, is just about to begin a dissertation on the above topic. He intends covering it from a number of different angles, eg the games/competitions, health and fitness benefits, economic positives/negatives, social benefits for both young and old. Any suggestions from the Board on what areas he might consider would be welcome.

GAA Discussion / Páraic Duffy speaks out!
« on: May 13, 2009, 11:29:18 AM »
From this morning's Irish Times

Top GAA official criticises covert payments

THE GAA’S most senior official has spoken out strongly against under-the-counter payments to county team managers.

He said he believed Gaelic football had become a mainly a middle-class sport in Dublin and that he is “very comfortable” with sports sponsorship by drinks companies.

Páraic Duffy, director general of the GAA, was speaking at a NUI Galway Alumni Association event in Dublin last night.

He said “the biggest, the single most difficult issue we face are under-the-counter payments” to football managers. He quoted the example of an Ulster county where “a well-known mercenary manager’’ was being paid £30,000 “by two very well-known businessmen’’, who he described as “fanatical GAA followers’’.
The manager was once asked by the county board “if the 30p per mile driving expenses was okay? He said ‘Yes’. Everyone knew but no one said anything,’’ Mr Duffy said.Where the issue was concerned, “Ulster counties are the biggest culprits”.

Referring to the capital, he said: “I suspect that the GAA in Dublin has become a very middle-class sport. We have found it difficult to establish in working-class areas, where it is weak and there is a real threat from soccer.’’ Working-class Ireland was proving “a huge challenge”, he said.

Asked by Senator Ronan Mullen, a NUI Galway graduate, whether alcohol sponsorship was proving a problem for the GAA and whether “a little bit of help from Kildare Street” might be required, Mr Duffy said he felt the GAA was “being held to a higher moral standard than most’’ on the issue.

Speaking as a Pioneer, he said he was “very comfortable with Guinness’s as they currently are. Guinness’s sponsorship has been very positive for hurling.’’ Meanwhile, the GAA had a full-time substance-abuse officer who was working very hard to promote a positive attitude to alcohol, he said.

Commenting on recent education budget cuts, he said they had made it very difficult to provide substitution for teachers involved with away games. “Some schools will have to withdraw from competitions as a result.’’

He predicted that “the growth in ladies football will have an enormous influence on GAA, especially in management roles”.

Mr Duffy made his comments when responding to a lecture by Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh of NUI Galway on The GAA at 125 – the Challenge of Change .

In the course of his talk, Prof Ó Tuathaigh said he felt the GAA had lost out by encouraging schools committed to the GAA to accommodate other sports. This had not be reciprocated in schools devoted to rugby and soccer. He attributed this to “a residual element of snobbery”.

The sentence in bold is interesting but hardly a surprise!
As far as the last paragraph is concerned, I wasn't aware that the Association encouraged GAA schools to provide other sports; I'd thought that it had tacitly accepted that other sports were on offer.

General discussion / Accessing GAA board
« on: November 16, 2007, 05:13:08 PM »
Is anyone else having trouble getting this site to load, if at all? It has taken me almost 2 minutes to get this far although I can access and work at all other sites. Any ideas on what to do?

GAA Discussion / New Armagh Manager Announced
« on: September 05, 2007, 09:51:43 PM »
From BBC NI Sport

McDonnell is new Armagh Manager 

Peter McDonnell has been appointed to succeed Joe Kernan as Armagh county football manager.
On Wednesday night, the Armagh county board opted for McDonnell ahead of Paul Grimley and Michael McConville.

McDonnell guided Mullaghbawn to the Ulster Club title in 1995 and also achieved another provincial success with Errigal Ciaran five years later.

He then had stints with Burren and Armagh Harps before guiding Armagh U21s to this year's Ulster title.

McDonnell has a big act to follow after Kernan's historic successes with the county over the past six years.

Kernan guided Armagh to their historic All-Ireland triumph in 2002 as well as four provincial titles - including a three-in-a-row from 2004 to 2006.

Grimley was part of the Armagh backroom team for all those successes before he left Joe Kernan's backroom team 13 months ago.

Last month, Grimley resigned as assistant manager of Cavan in order to concentrate on his attempt to secure the Armagh post and he is likely to be hugely disappointed at being overlooked for the role.

There has been speculation that a number of prominent Armagh players were keen that Grimley would get the job.

McDonnell will inherit a talented squad but his first task may be to ascertain whether several experienced players wish to prolong their intercounty careers.

These include the likes of Kieran McGeeney, Oisin McConville, Paul McGrane and Enda McNulty.

Not sure I'm all that pleased about this; hope I'm proven wrong! I'm gutted for Big Paul though.

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