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Ordinary GAA members have recovered their honour by refusing to be treated like fools

Eamonn Sweeney


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A general view of players in spaced out groups at Moorefield Senior Football Squad training session at Moorefield GAA club in Newbridge, Kildare recently. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A general view of players in spaced out groups at Moorefield Senior Football Squad training session at Moorefield GAA club in Newbridge, Kildare recently. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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John Horan has suggested the championship could last until February 2021. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

John Horan has suggested the championship could last until February 2021. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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A general view of players in spaced out groups at Moorefield Senior Football Squad training session at Moorefield GAA club in Newbridge, Kildare recently. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The GAA’s policy on inter-county training brought me right back to the early ’80s. It also made me think of condoms.

Back then politicians were getting conniptions about contraception. A Supreme Court ruling meant they had to legislate for their availability but nobody was comfortable about doing so in case they’d be accused of being in favour of sex.

This would have been a very dangerous position to take given that at the time Holy Joes, if not in the majority, certainly had the power to bend the majority to their will.