Media interest in GAA booming
When the Republic of Ireland qualified for the European soccer championships in 1988, fears were expressed that it would have serious implications for the GAA in terms of championship coverage.
Croke Park were also worried that if Ireland appeared regularly at the major soccer championships in future years, it would be bad for hurling and football.
It didn't turn out that way and it won't happen this year either. In fact, media interest in Gaelic games is increasing all the time, as proven by the number of accreditations issued for last Sunday's Tipperary-Kerry/Tipperary-Limerick double-header in Thurles.
A total of 106 media personnel were involved in covering the games, quite a turnout for two provincial quarter-finals and a far cry from the days when there would have been fewer than 20 there. As always in Thurles, they were well looked after.