Time to stop playing with matches

Time to stop playing with matches
Micheál Briody, head of the Club Players’ Association, says the GAA is facing a split if it keeps going the way it is Picture: Sportsfile

Micheál Briody and the CPA are desperate to sort out the clogged mess that is the GAA’s calendar of club fixtures. But he believes their efforts are being stymied at every turn, writes Ewan MacKenna

With most interviews, you try and look past the sport to the deeper story, beyond the personality to the person. With Michéal Briody, the head of the Club Players’ Association (CPA), there isn’t time for that. “The GAA can’t keep going the direction it is, as there will be a split: that is inevitable. But I’d be hopeful the new leadership will take it back to grassroots and what it’s supposed to be about,” said Briody, in a reference to a new director general and president being on the way.

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