Tuesday 6 December 2016

Eugene McGee: Sigerson built into the fabric of Association

Published 03/03/2011 | 05:00

DCU duo Paddy Andrews, left, and Darach Mooney celebrate their victory in last year's Sigerson Cup final.
DCU duo Paddy Andrews, left, and Darach Mooney celebrate their victory in last year's Sigerson Cup final.

Although the Sigerson Cup football competition is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week, making it the second oldest official GAA competition after the All-Ireland championships, there is a section of the GAA community that has divided views on it and its sister competition, the Fitzgibbon Cup.

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While those who have been involved as players, officials or fans have the happiest of memories and speak very highly of the role of the Sigerson Cup in overall GAA activity, the majority who have never been involved in third-level GAA are no more than passively interested.

Because Sigerson games do not draw large crowds and rarely get the media exposure attached to even the most insignificant of inter-county competitions, it is inevitable that the charge of 'elitism' is frequently attached to it.

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