Wednesday 7 December 2016

The GAA neo-cons and Donegal

Published 01/09/2011 | 05:00

No laughing matter:
Dublin v Donegal at
Croke Park
No laughing matter: Dublin v Donegal at Croke Park

•The GAA football community awoke this week to a world that would never be the same again. Throughout media outlets, chaste GAA pundits were engaging in soundbyte-driven analysis of an impending Armageddon.

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What they were really saying was how the upstarts from Donegal dared to step out of line, and God forbid put another northern dent into the traditional footballing prowess of counties from the deep south and their apologists.

Over the past decade, northern football has led the way in new and better GAA coaching techniques and match strategies. Having to implement these new ways of playing in the boiling pot of the Ulster Football Championship has ensured that Ulster teams have met with great success at all levels.

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