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GAA taking over the FAI


edifice.

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Now that the various rules have been dropped concerning non-gaelic games the GAA could be more accurately described as, not so much an association concerned with the playing of gaelic games but more so an association concerned with the games that gaelic people play. Given its undoubted skill at management and funraising and given the shambles that the FAI represents is it not time now to disband the FAI and allow the GAA run soccer as well? Or more generally allow all Irish sport to be placed under its remit.?
 

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taking into account the stong dislike many GAA members have for soccer and rugby, the idea of handing control of them over to the GAA seems bizarre. Doubly so when you consider that the international rugby team is an all-Ireland one, with considerable Unionist support, and the Unionist community of NI views the GAA as being a republican institution (i.e. being full of the people who they believe have been trying to ethnically cleanse them for the last 30 years)
 

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GAA is like American Football, irrelevant!

Shamerock Rovers for the Cup.
 

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badinage said:
yeah cause the Irish Premier soccer league is sooo relevant...
It is to the people that go to the matches every week. Watching football on TV is a load of shit. There do be some very good games
 

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badinage said:
taking into account the stong dislike many GAA members have for soccer and rugby, the idea of handing control of them over to the GAA seems bizarre. Doubly so when you consider that the international rugby team is an all-Ireland one, with considerable Unionist support, and the Unionist community of NI views the GAA as being a republican institution (i.e. being full of the people who they believe have been trying to ethnically cleanse them for the last 30 years)
Yes but the majority supported the dropping of the various bans which would seem to indicate that there's room for both in their outlook. Certainly the rugby situation would be problematic but certainly not so for the FAI. Viewing it from a purely practical and managerial perspective the disbandment of the FAI so as to facillitate GAA management seems the right course.
 

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Jim84 said:
GAA is like American Football, irrelevant!

Shamerock Rovers for the Cup.
How many people would be expected at the cup final?

How many are expected at the All Ireland football and hurling finals?
 

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badinage said:
taking into account the stong dislike many GAA members have for soccer and rugby, the idea of handing control of them over to the GAA seems bizarre. Doubly so when you consider that the international rugby team is an all-Ireland one, with considerable Unionist support, and the Unionist community of NI views the GAA as being a republican institution (i.e. being full of the people who they believe have been trying to ethnically cleanse them for the last 30 years)

As someone involved in both sports I can tell you that the hatred of the GAA in soccer cirlces (especially in urban areas) is more intense than the other way around. (eg Declan Lynch types)
 

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As someone involved in both sports I can tell you that the hatred of the GAA in soccer cirlces (especially in urban areas) is more intense than the other way around. (eg Declan Lynch types)
Do you reckon? I'd be from a football background and the attitude towards the GAA I'd have come across most would be dis-interest. Grudging respect would probably be second. Thing about it is though, everyone hates the FAI - especially football fans. Anything that would see whole-sale sackings of the cowboys running it would get a lot of support.
 

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Oldira said:
badinage said:
taking into account the stong dislike many GAA members have for soccer and rugby, the idea of handing control of them over to the GAA seems bizarre. Doubly so when you consider that the international rugby team is an all-Ireland one, with considerable Unionist support, and the Unionist community of NI views the GAA as being a republican institution (i.e. being full of the people who they believe have been trying to ethnically cleanse them for the last 30 years)

As someone involved in both sports I can tell you that the hatred of the GAA in soccer cirlces (especially in urban areas) is more intense than the other way around. (eg Declan Lynch types)
Absolutely correct. There is considerable anti GAA bias among the supporters of the imported games due to a mix of their feeling that he Gaels look down on them as slaves to television led corporate sport allied to their post colonial dislike of being associated with things irish - they are usually the same people who mock gaelgeoirs etc.
 

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The GAA is a national treasure and the fact that it's an amateur sport is central to that.
Shamrock Rovers, the most glamorous of Irish soccer teams, an Irish Man Utd, without even a pitch to play on.
Irish soccer is to GAA as bosco is to the simpsons
 

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Carrier said:
Do you reckon? I'd be from a football background and the attitude towards the GAA I'd have come across most would be dis-interest. Grudging respect would probably be second. Thing about it is though, everyone hates the FAI - especially football fans. Anything that would see whole-sale sackings of the cowboys running it would get a lot of support.
I am always minded at this point to recall a column Tom Humphries wrote about an FAI drunken celebration when the night they qualified for the 1994 World Cup where they predicted 'an end' to the GAA and toasted its destruction, in the belief that the glamour of the '94 World Cup would sweep the GAA away.

Who's laughing now boys?
 

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The amount of crap on this thread, coming from all sides of the debate, is multiplying exponentially. Look, lads - Gaelic Games are great games, enjoyed by large amounts of the community. Soccer is also a great game, enjoyed by large amounts of the community. There's a massive crossover in the middle, of people who watch and compete in both (or even all three) sports. So just accept it and get on with life..... :roll:
 

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hiding behind a poster said:
The amount of crap on this thread, coming from all sides of the debate, is multiplying exponentially. Look, lads - Gaelic Games are great games, enjoyed by large amounts of the community. Soccer is also a great game, enjoyed by large amounts of the community. There's a massive crossover in the middle, of people who watch and compete in both (or even all three) sports. So just accept it and get on with life..... :roll:
There's only one person getting aereated about this issue and that's you.
What's your problem?
 

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[quote="Vietato


There's only one person getting aereated about this issue and that's you.
What's your problem?
[/quote]


Well if I knew what "getting aereated" meant, I might be able to answer that..... :wink:
 

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Vietato said:
The GAA is a national treasure and the fact that it's an amateur sport is central to that.
Shamrock Rovers, the most glamorous of Irish soccer teams, an Irish Man Utd, without even a pitch to play on.
Irish soccer is to GAA as bosco is to the simpsons
This makes me laugh.
The GAA are bigots they have been like that for a very long time.
President Douglas Hyde was banned from GAA games for atending an Ireland v Poland game in 1938.
Con martin banned aswel for playing for Drumcondra in the 40s.
The list goes on.
In the modern era Thomas Davis who have plenty of pitches and facilitys object to Shamrock rovers playing in tallagh, not cause the want the ground just because they dont want Shamrock Rovers to come.
If Soccer was Bosco they would have no problem with it.

GAA greed makes me sick
Shamerock Rovers may only maean something to 2 - 4 thousand people
but we deserve to have are own stadium look at the funding the GAA have had from the government.
 
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ireland2004 said:
Jim84 said:
GAA is like American Football, irrelevant!

Shamerock Rovers for the Cup.
How many people would be expected at the cup final?

How many are expected at the All Ireland football and hurling finals?
Jim here is probably a Dub, the only county where they have to sell Championship tickets through retailers 'cos not enough fans are members of clubs. There's not much point in asking him about All Ireland Finals; at least not since the last one they were gifted by the GAA in '95.
 

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Jim84 said:
badinage said:
yeah cause the Irish Premier soccer league is sooo relevant...
It is to the people that go to the matches every week. Watching football on TV is a load of shit. There do be some very good games
Your point makes about as much sense as your English.
 
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