Eugene McGee: GAA should revive the fun factor
The GAA never bothered with recreational sport -- games which are organised solely for players who are too bad, too old or too lazy to join in the trench warfare that exists in normal club activity.
Having a bit of craic when playing a match is never mentioned in the Official Guide. Instead, every game has to be treated like a life-or-death affair. But nowadays, lots of people would just like to play football or hurling for the fun of it, but get little chance to do so.
About 20 years ago the GAA Masters competition, confined to players over 40, was initiated mainly by former president Dr Mick Loftus, himself a wonderful advertisement for lifelong fitness.