Sunday 18 March 2018

Women show way forward

Sunday proved yet again that the GAA's female counterparts are much more pioneering in some aspects of their games.

Women's Gaelic football was the first to introduce yellow cards and a countdown clock, and the camogie association featured the players' names on their jerseys for the first time in the finals. That would be really helpful in hurling, now that helmets are compulsory.

The camogie association had another interesting innovation on Sunday: they invited 200 families and 50 leaders from Ireland's new ethnic communities as special guests.

The GAA already have programmes in place to attract immigrants and reflect the country's new cultural diversity, but what better recruitment tool could anyone have than a free ticket to see an All-Ireland final up close and personal?

Irish Independent

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