25 Years Ago, GAA nix Double Header

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Falling at the first fence: the RDS and a PR own goal for the GAA

Interesting article in the Times. Basically the local GAA club approached Shamrock Rovers about a double header in the RDS. The Dublin Derby then a 13 a side between Dublin and Down, then cup winners.

Dublin and Down agreed and marketing proceeded. The GAA then after some flip flopping centrally nixed the game citing non existent rules like gaelic can only be played on gaa facilities and the Dublin county board had to sell tickers for what was a shamrock rovers event. A massive pr disaster and a very bitter internal row emerged.

25 years on, thoughts? We're the gaa right? Was an opportunity to have a big event in what is still an area the gaa have no presence squandered amidst amateur hour scenes? Have we moved on and could this happen today?
 


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GAA has massive events - 83,000 for a league final in April.

I'd say they really rue that decision 25 years ago :)
 

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But still not one GAA club between Irishtown and Dalkey, over 7 miles, nor in the hinterland. The object of the exercise 25 years ago is still a problem
 

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But still not one GAA club between Irishtown and Dalkey, over 7 miles, nor in the hinterland. The object of the exercise 25 years ago is still a problem
It's a big leap to suggest that this is a reason for that.
 

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It's a big leap to suggest that this is a reason for that.

Nor is it true, surprisingly...

Olafs, Foxrock, and of course one of the biggest clubs in the country Kilmacud Crokes are all within that part of the county. As is Coláiste Éoin, one of the leading hurling academies in Leinster.
 

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Nor is it true, surprisingly...

Olafs, Foxrock, and of course one of the biggest clubs in the country Kilmacud Crokes are all within that part of the county. As is Coláiste Éoin, one of the leading hurling academies in Leinster.
Olafs and Kilmacud are quite a distance away and you know it
 

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It's a big leap to suggest that this is a reason for that.
Who did? This game was designed to put gaa on the radar in the D4 region. It's still not on the radar in that area.
 

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Nor is it true, surprisingly...

Olafs, Foxrock, and of course one of the biggest clubs in the country Kilmacud Crokes are all within that part of the county. As is Coláiste Éoin, one of the leading hurling academies in Leinster.
UCD is a pretty big club the last time I looked.:D
 

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Olafs and Kilmacud are quite a distance away and you know it

You said "between Irishtown and Dalkey" and "hinterland". That covers all three.

How a double header with some team that gets crowds smaller than Dublin club quarter finals would boost the GAA is beyond me to be honest!
 

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You said "between Irishtown and Dalkey" and "hinterland". That covers all three.

How a double header with some team that gets crowds smaller than Dublin club quarter finals would boost the GAA is beyond me to be honest!
Some hinterland. Olafs must be 3/4 miles inland.

So the gaa were right to nix it? No benefit?
 

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Its a college team, not a club. Saying UCD have a strong hurling team does not mean hurling is strong in the area around it. That's like saying Pearse St is a cricket stronghold
 

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Its a college team, not a club. Saying UCD have a strong hurling team does not mean hurling is strong in the area around it. That's like saying Pearse St is a cricket stronghold
It's a rather large GAA club slap bang in middle of the same vicinity where you managed to fail to spot it's presence - as judged by your 3rd post to this thread.petunia
 

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It's a rather large GAA club slap bang in middle of the same vicinity where you managed to fail to spot it's presence - as judged by your 3rd post to this thread.petunia
It's not a club in any meaningful sense. But it's also lower down the rankings than the football or rugby clubs are, which does fit into the broader point.
 

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In the meaningful sense that you've made another complete balls of your own assertion.
Funny enough, I happen to agree.

http://www.dublingaa.ie/clubs
My assertion that the gaa is relatively weak in South east dublin. An attempt was made by the local GAA to address that 25 years ago but unceremoniously blocked by croke park. Any opinion on this topic in hand?
 


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