Thursday 8 December 2016

Softly, softly approach needed to end this uncivil war

Published 01/02/2009 | 00:00

The league opened with dramatic fireworks in Croke Park last night, but the build-up to the new campaign has been overshadowed by events in Cork.

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It is the dark shadow which threatens the GAA at large, a local squabble with much wider implications, especially if the footballers decide to stick their oar in.

Meath, with new management, a new team and, like everyone else, fresh hope, head south today to a place which is at war with itself -- and a very uncivil war at that. The game is in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, a ground which seems to mirror this dispute as it badly needs a complete revamp. It has grown old and shoddy, crying out for a new approach.

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