GAA pause gives opportunities for others to score

Apart from the rugby team’s World Cup warm-up games, there are very few domestic sporting occasions left this summer – but that could change if minority games like cricket and basketball seize their chance

Ireland plays India at Malahide Cricket Club in 2022, drawing a viewership of 200 million. Picture: Sportsfile via Getty

The second full summer of the GAA eschewing August for inter-county action has created an opportunity for other sports but just how they can take it remains a question.

The local sport calendar amongst high attendee events is remarkably sparse throughout the month. The camogie and ladies football finals each have the first two Sundays. Save for those, only the Irish rugby team’s World Cup warm-up games, which are only a quadrennial occurrence, it’s a ...