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‘They have gone too far’ – Severity of new GAA calendar is ‘commercial suicide’ as stars like David Clifford depart national stage in July

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'David Clifford may just be the most marketable athlete in Irish sport today, but chances are you won’t see him again before February. Covid begat a split season and, for now, that is the new, unchallengeable gospel'. Photo: Sportsfile

'David Clifford may just be the most marketable athlete in Irish sport today, but chances are you won’t see him again before February. Covid begat a split season and, for now, that is the new, unchallengeable gospel'. Photo: Sportsfile

'David Clifford may just be the most marketable athlete in Irish sport today, but chances are you won’t see him again before February. Covid begat a split season and, for now, that is the new, unchallengeable gospel'. Photo: Sportsfile

Late July then and the great dance falls silent, its superstars packed away in airtight jars for all they’ll be seen by the broad church until beyond what John McGahern called “the frozen loneliness” of winter.

Just eight years after a Cork motion to have the All-Ireland finals brought forward by a single week was annihilated at Congress in Derry, the GAA calendar rinsed inter-county out of the whole of autumn.


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