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Published 25/01/2010 | 05:00

I am always a bit wary whenever I hear units of the GAA blithely discussing huge amounts of money -- be it incoming or outgoing. Maybe it is the old, genuine amateur ethos that dominated GAA thinking for a century or simply innate conservatism among older GAA members, but, somehow, loose talk about the GAA making millions here or there for little or no effort, at least raises some uneasy questions.

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In recent years, when the good times rolled, we had a small army of GAA bodies, county boards and clubs, talking about spending millions on posh new developments, money that was dependant on those bodies selling part of their birthright -- their traditional GAA grounds in order to collect handy millions.

About three years ago, this 'policy' was in full flight and we were told with great fanfare that famous GAA stadia steeped in history like Austin Stack Park, Tralee; Cusack Park, Mullingar; Cusack Park, Ennis and St Conleth's Park, Newbridge, would be sold off to the developers (remember them?) and replaced by no-expense-spared new stadiums out of town.

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