Saturday 17 March 2018

Playing the money game

PARAIC Duffy, director general of the Gaelic Athletic Association, has vowed to continue the fight against under-the-counter payments to GAA club and inter-county managers. His views on the question are admirable.

But can he put them into practice? The GAA is one of the last bastions of genuine amateurism. Its commitment goes hand in hand with other features that have helped to make the association such a powerful and benign force: "the honour of the little parish", the emotions the games arouse among both players and spectators, the absence of Armani suits, Ferrari cars and swollen heads.

If we ever lose all this, we will have lost something precious. But can we save it from the incursions of professionalism?

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