Eugene McGee: Five simple ways to stop the rot and boost GAA's appeal
At this time of the year, the going gets really tough for media people involved with Gaelic games. Most of them have to actually work for a living, so those of us included in the unfortunate media category of 'Gah writers' -- as we are so offhandedly described -- have to resort to an annual selection of articles which consists mainly of lists.
You know the stuff. Team of the year, best 15 players, best game of football or hurling, miss of the season, goals of the season, etc. The list can be endless, such is the intricate web of competitions that dominate GAA life.
In the old days, before GAA pubs in rural areas became wastelands because of changes in the laws that in effect have confined people to their homes, a lot of this media coverage formed the basis of many an intense debate/argument in an old-style licensed premises, festooned with photographs of national and local GAA teams who had achieved honours in bygone days.