Tuesday 17 January 2017

Access all areas -- but not for our media

Published 02/11/2011 | 05:00

WE can but look on in envy. The Australian media were allowed into their team's dressing-room before, during and after the first Rules Test.

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That's right -- they were there right up to the moment the team ran out onto the pitch, returned at half-time to hear how Rodney Eade was reacting to the hurricane Ireland had generated and were there at the end for the full post-match debriefing.

Suffice to say that Irish journalists didn't have similar access to the Ireland dressing-room. We didn't expect it, but then GAA journalists have come to expect very little by way of genuine co-operation, whether at home or abroad.

Frankly, the GAA just doesn't get it. In a global environment where there's fierce competition from so many sports, Gaelic Games need as much exposure as possible.

The media are happy to provide it but get damn all support. And absolutely none by comparison with the Australian media last Friday.

Irish Independent

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