GLORY DAYS AT CROKER... BUT MORE PEOPLE PLAY SOCCER THAN GAA SPORTS COMBINED
Q Despite the phenomenal appeal of inter-county Gaelic football and hurling, actual participation in both codes remains low.
Q According to an Ipsos MRBI poll published last December, some 6pc of the Irish population play Gaelic football, while just 3pc play hurling.
Q Football (soccer) remains the biggest participation sport in Ireland, with 12pc of the population togging out.
Q And while rugby has experienced something of a golden era over the past decade – with Ireland claiming its first Grand Slam in 60 years, and Munster and Leinster enjoying huge success in the Heineken Cup – only 2pc of the population play the oval-ball game.