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National show must go on - no matter how bad the GAA's finances are

Dick Clerkin


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Play it again for Sam: Clones was supposed to host Monaghan’s Ulster SFC clash with Cavan in May, a game that is now scheduled for the last weekend in October. Photo: Sportsfile

Play it again for Sam: Clones was supposed to host Monaghan’s Ulster SFC clash with Cavan in May, a game that is now scheduled for the last weekend in October. Photo: Sportsfile

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Play it again for Sam: Clones was supposed to host Monaghan’s Ulster SFC clash with Cavan in May, a game that is now scheduled for the last weekend in October. Photo: Sportsfile

In 1925, following years of Civil war and emigration upheaval, the parish teams of Corofin and Ballyclare in North Galway merged to form the modern day club of the all-conquering All-Ireland champions.

In what was a period of extended turmoil across the country, as a result of the World War, Civil War and mass emigration. However, the GAA (clubs and county teams) endured, and remarkably the All-Ireland Championships continued to be played. If they could survive all of that, can they survive this pandemic? That is the question starting to being asked now.

Aside from any public health restrictions, commentary is now focusing on the financial merits of playing the inter-county championships for some counties. With some questioning as to whether the inter-county championships should be played at all. To be honest I am struggling with most of the logic being rolled out.