Saturday 25 November 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Youngsters revel in Parnell's glorious half-time chaos

Cork and Kerry is the big draw today but more can be done to entice the fans, writes Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

T here was a great atmosphere last weekend when Dublin and Meath played in the O'Byrne Shield final. It was a right good contest which served as excellent preparation for the opening games of the Allianz League this weekend.

At this time of year, though, the half-time break should be shortened to ten minutes, or less. Last week it was really cold in Parnell Park and both sides stayed away for almost 20 minutes.

Supporters were left hanging around on an icy evening. It would be a good idea if counties organised a bit of half-time entertainment and I am not talking about the Irish dancing and traditional music normally wheeled out for GAA occasions. A bit of lateral thinking would be helpful -- some of the French rugby teams have such quality entertainment at the interval that it attracts a crowd in itself. Racing Metro's half-time antics might be a bit risqué for the GAA audience but something new is needed to attract families on cold spring days.

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