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Monday 5 December 2016

For the love of the game, club and county, that nothing can ever tarnish . . . not even time itself

John Daly

Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30

'It appears inexcusable that a county like Kildare fits in only one round of the MFC by the end of August.' Stock photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
'It appears inexcusable that a county like Kildare fits in only one round of the MFC by the end of August.' Stock photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The way things are going, you'll soon need a master's degree to play hurling or football. Time was not so long ago when the average GAA team was mostly composed of farmers, truck drivers or labourers - hard men with calloused hands who played their sport with the same toughness with which they earned their living.

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Back in the 1960s, having a national teacher on a team would have been considered exotic.

All is changed, changed utterly. Nowadays, the occupations of those playing our national sports reads like the entry programme for Trinity College or the Smurfit Business School - solicitors are 10 a penny, budding doctors are everywhere, followed by finance directors, forensic accountants, electrical engineers and med-tech entrepreneurs.

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