Friday 22 September 2017

Crunch time for clubs as next decade will sort the men from the boys

John Considine

It is impossible to say how exactly the GAA will look in 2023. The best we can do is base our guesses on some trends and some recent changes. The rest is crystal ball stuff.

We can be fairly sure that many GAA clubs, like many other elements of Irish society, will spend a large part of the next decade dealing with the consequences of property transactions from the last decade.

There were lucky ones who sold land for a small fortune and transformed their clubs. Then there are the ones who are trapped in negative equity. These are caught on the treadmill of constant fund-raising and face a decade of hardship.

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