MAJOR GAA games will be available to fans around the world from next year, the director-general of the GAA told the Global Irish Economic Forum, writes Colm Kelpie.
Paraic Duffy, pictured left, made the revelation at a panel discussion on the Ireland-US relationship in Dublin Castle.
But he stopped short of outlining how it would work.
However, the plan is sure to delight the tens of thousands of people who have emigrated.
He said the GAA was in the midst of negotiating new contracts for TV media rights and said an announcement would be made soon.
"As from next year on, our major games will be available, we hope, all over the world. That's the target for us," he said.
During the panel discussion, American Ireland Fund chair Loretta Brennan Glucksman also said Irish culture needed to be supported – and also exploited.
"It is the glue that binds us but we must put an economic component upon that valuable component," she said.
"We can't just take it for granted. We need to nurture it and support it in a very grubby, financial way. And I think the days are long gone when artists wouldn't sully their hands with money. Get over yourself.
"We have to look at it as an economic component."
'Irish Voice' editor Niall O'Dowd said the lesson of the peace process was that American influence made a profound difference.
Mr O'Dowd also said he has long wondered why Ireland did not have a minister for the Diaspora.
But Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended the panel discussion as an audience member, declared: "There is nothing that can stop this island from being the very best in the world.
"We are all ministers for the Diaspora. And every worker in this country and every person around the world who has an Irish stamp on their heart also carries a badge of honour on their forehead. I am Irish and I'm proud of it."