Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 23 January 2018

McAnarney case highlights relevance of GPA

Shane McAnarney
Shane McAnarney
Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

ONE of the recurring chimes of life on a GAA beat is the plaintive lament that the Gaelic Players' Association lost its relevance once subsumed under the broad umbrella of the Association.

Well the story of former Meath football captain, Shane McAnarney – recounted in these pages to Colm Keys last Thursday – certainly put the lie to that notion.

McAnarney required a double heart bypass following routine cardiac screening of the Meath squad last April.

The support McAnarney describes as forthcoming from the GPA throughout his ordeal, including meeting the €30,000 cost of his surgery, spoke of a body genuinely tuned into the often stark realities of player welfare.

Kudos to all concerned.

Irish Independent

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