Gaelic football is in the grip of a slow death

Gaelic football is in the grip of a slow death
Surprise, surprise: Dublin wins the Leinster GAA football final Inpho

Defenders are frustrated, refs are making it up as they go along, and the ubiquitous hand pass requires all the skill of a six-year-old. Something must be done to resuscitate the sport

Last weekend, there were two major Irish sporting events. In Sydney, the Ireland rugby team played Australia in the third and decisive game of their short tour. Back home, at Croke Park, Dublin played Laois in the Leinster GAA football final.

There could hardly have been a greater contrast between the two events, either as sporting occasions or as indications of the respective health of either sport.

In Sydney, in a magnificent hard-fought encounter that...

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