Saturday 25 February 2017

Time to be serious about a three-division championship

COLM O’ROURKE

The end of the true amateur All-Ireland is nigh. Its demise will not arrive for a few years, but even the pittance that the Minister, the GAA and the GPA cannot agree on makes no difference in the overall picture.

As Bob Dylan sang many years ago, the times they are a changing; eventually even the GAA will be drowned by the tide.



The biggest change should be in the fairness of the competition. When the players from the counties with no chance finally decide that they are fed up being patron-ised and ignored, the present system will probably end, with the players telling the legislators what is needed.

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