The GAA delivers but it doesn't matter!! I'd rather an Irish Team beats France, Germany, England or Australia than Kerry or Cork! Its a pity all our talent is locked up in GAA. Imagine how we could complete against other countries in international sports! I do think however that the GAA is a fine organisation and a huge benefit to the cultural life in Ireland, I'm just wish it didn't suck up all our talent!!
Iceland has no GAA - still qualify for the World Cup in soccer with a population of 330,000.
You are right about the value of the GAA to Ireland and it's enormously positive and valuable contribution to the country.