Wednesday 23 January 2019

Survey says gaelic games has overtaken soccer as the most popular sport in the country

Joe Canning is one of the greatest ever exponents of the game of hurling
Joe Canning is one of the greatest ever exponents of the game of hurling
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FOR the first time in nine years, soccer has been overtaken as the most popular sport in the country, according to the Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index (TSSI) 2018.

The TSSI is a comprehensive 1,000-person nationally representative survey with quotas imposed across gender, region, age and social class examining the Irish general public’s attitudes towards sport and their sporting heroes. 

At 21pc, Gaelic games came out on top as the most popular sport among those surveyed ahead of soccer (19pc) and rugby (14pc)

There was, however, an overwhelming victory for rugby as the Team of the Year (43pc) ahead of the women’s hockey team (17pc) and the Limerick senior hurlers (8pc).

A rugby moment also comes out on top when the public were asked to decide upon the Most Memorable Moment with Johnny Sexton’s last-gasp drop goal at 31pc and the women’s hockey team’s win against Spain on penalties in the World Cup semi-final came in second on 21pc.

Interestingly, however, those positions were reversed amongst females with the hockey shoot-out drama on 26pc and Sexton’s drop goal on 24pc. There was a similar pattern in Leinster (outside of Dublin) with 28pc ranking the hockey moment above the rugby moment on 27pc.

For the fourth time in the last six years, Katie Taylor (left) is regarded as Ireland’s most admired sports star (19pc) ahead of Sexton (11pc) and Paul and Gary O’Donovan (10pc).

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