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GAA missed chance to avoid a new tale of woe with Tailteann Cup

Colm O'Rourke


The Tailteann Cup could have been much more than an afterthought

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Players from 15 Tailteann Cup counties at the launch in Croke Park last Monday.Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Players from 15 Tailteann Cup counties at the launch in Croke Park last Monday.Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Players from 15 Tailteann Cup counties at the launch in Croke Park last Monday.Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The long-awaited launch of the Tailteann Cup arrived last week. For me it was severely underwhelming, and attracted very little publicity. Even the GAA’s own website could hardly be said to have given it a massive blast. Details are somewhat sketchy. The bigger picture is clear: The semi-finals are in Croke Park and the final is on the undercard of an All-Ireland semi-final with live TV for those games.

But if you drill down a bit you you won’t find any oil. There will be an All Star scheme or a Champions team or whatever it is to be called. Who is picking this team? The main GAA journalists will be occupied covering the big games in hurling and football, so they’ll hardly have time to give it much attention. This weekend there are games being played without anyone watching with a long-term view of the players involved, unless there is some secret committee set up that nobody knows about.


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