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Meath players celebrate after winning the Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC final against Tyrone at Croke Park last August. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Meath players celebrate after winning the Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC final against Tyrone at Croke Park last August. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Meath players celebrate after winning the Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC final against Tyrone at Croke Park last August. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Recently, Joe Brolly wrote in this paper about how the change in age for minor football from 18 to 17 was causing a fall-off at adult level and various luminaries (isn’t that a great word) of the game had made contact with him to endorse his views. This, though, is a very good example of something which seems simple but is, in fact, quite complicated.

There is a bit of a history lesson involved here, not quite back to Napoleon as this change was only made in 2018. That year, the GAA decided to change the minor age to under 17, and under 21 to under 20. This alteration was not taking a sledgehammer to a nut, it was done after careful consideration. What change was ever made in the GAA without careful and deliberate consideration?


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