Saturday 10 December 2016

Huge potential for GAA in America

Published 15/12/2010 | 05:00

Eugene McGee's article, GAA must get 'online' to spread gospel overseas (December 13) was laudable, but missed a major point. GAA games on a free-to-air basis in the USA would reach a much larger audience than just the Irish ex-pat community.

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For the last 10 years I have been showing Gaelic games to American first-time viewers. They typically react by either wanting to watch more or wanting to play. This is particularly true in the case of hurling which fascinates people who aren't even seasoned sports fans.

There has long been a misapprehension that only Irish people can be interested in Gaelic games. This is a symptom of a lack of confidence in our sports and an inability to understand their inherent advantages over other codes.

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