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What could go wrong with the GAA's club/county plan? As it turns out, quite a lot

Colm O'Rourke


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This is pushing an open door. What clubs always wanted was handed to them in a time of crisis but it is still being taken away’. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

This is pushing an open door. What clubs always wanted was handed to them in a time of crisis but it is still being taken away’. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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This is pushing an open door. What clubs always wanted was handed to them in a time of crisis but it is still being taken away’. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

It looked like the perfect solution. A designated club window until September and then the county scene could take over.

But, right from the start, I felt it was the wrong way round. I thought it would be better for the All-Ireland championships to proceed in August on a knockout basis and counties could then run their championships later in the year. However, I can see that there is a certain logic to the county scene starting later as crowds may be allowed by then.

And money makes the world go round - even if last week's Government grant helps to take the really bad sting out of the year.