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Lessons must be heeded now before elitism destroys the schools game

Colm O'Rourke


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At Congress next Saturday it will be proposed that post-primary schools competitions should end in January, which defies logic. Photo: Ray Ryan / Sportsfile

At Congress next Saturday it will be proposed that post-primary schools competitions should end in January, which defies logic. Photo: Ray Ryan / Sportsfile

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At Congress next Saturday it will be proposed that post-primary schools competitions should end in January, which defies logic. Photo: Ray Ryan / Sportsfile

I have been critical many times in the past of those who have decided that the paying public in Croke Park cannot be trusted with replays on the big screen of controversial (and not so controversial) incidents. At the slightest hint of danger, the screens flash to an advertisement. Censorship GAA style. Meanwhile, over in Lansdowne Road, all acts of foul play are replayed over and over again without any rioting in the streets.

I was at the Dublin-Kerry match in the first round of the Allianz League and, to my surprise, several incidents were replayed which normally would have been dispatched to the bin.

Perhaps the censor was on a night off, but this was a welcome development because a GAA audience is just as mature as any other. In the past the official line was that it might show a referee in a bad light for getting a decision wrong, well so be it. No referee has been shot at dawn for getting something wrong, even if many were tempted. People move on and I hope that Glasnost, the Russian word for openness and transparency, has hit the GAA.