By Gary Elbert “A cross between hockey and murder” went one memorable tweet from a mesmerised British viewer when stumbling upon a Sky Sports hurling match. Considering recent video footage of episodes of violence at GAA club matches, the question becomes how do the GAA eradicate such scenes without neutralizing the very spirit of the games? In a new book, GAA … [Read more...] about Violence in the GAA: a necessary evil
By Martha Brennan As the inter - county GAA calendar drew to a close earlier this month, with the women’s Gaelic football final finishing off a spectacular summer of Irish sport, we were once again reminded of the stunning gap between men and women’s sporting coverage in Ireland. The ladies’ finals once again garnered only a fraction of the coverage of the men’s, … [Read more...] about The coverage question: should the ladies’ All-Ireland finals be played the same day as the men’s?
By Martha Brennan 2018’s senior hurling championship was a source of anxiety for both players and fans as the summer approached. The roll - out of the new structure was highly anticipated and the round-robin format was criticized as soon as the vote went through last autumn. But even with all the talk leading up to the championship, no - one was prepared for the level … [Read more...] about A review of the system: intense scheduling just one issue in new hurling format
By Danny Keown Gaelic football is fast becoming the poor relation of the GAA. As the hurling championship continues to set the world alight, the Super Eights in the football championship is proving to be even more turgid and disappointing than the majority of the fare that went on earlier in the summer. There appears to be no appetite amongst the County Boards to … [Read more...] about What rule changes should be made to Gaelic Football?
GAA president John Horan recently spoke about his desire to create a second division in the All Ireland Football Championship by 2021. The traditional quarter-finals method has been replaced by the new Super Eights format. The round robin type tournament will be given a three year trial before the Football and Hurling Championships will be up for review at the end of the 2020 … [Read more...] about Would the introduction of an Intermediate football championship be a step forward for the GAA?