The GAA is taking a closer look at Gaelic football because of the frequent criticism it has been facing. Fans have been perceiving that the association is not taking relevant actions regarding important decisions.
As a result of this development, the coaching and games development committee is emphasizing its commitment to ensuring Gaelic football is better and gets the needed improvement.
They are not just talking among themselves, they have gathered a lot of big names in Gaelic football to get their feedback on the necessary actions to take.
The group of elite players is made up of champions and managers. Notably big names from Ulster, contributors include the iconic Michael Murphy from Donegal, Malachy O’Rourke of Glen club and formerly Monaghan, three-time All-Ireland victor Enda McGinley from Tyrone, and regional coaching advisor Peter Kerr.
Other top figures in the group are Billy Morgan and Pat Gilroy, who led Cork and Dublin to All-Ireland victories, current Mayo manager Kevin McStay, and standing committee on Playing Rules chairman, Professor David Hassan from Derry, will also give their insights.
The GAA leadership is already initiating a consultative session, which will start off next week, and this is expected to last until they come up with actionable suggestions and strategies to take the Gaelic football to the next level.
Because of the recent backlash on the quality of games, the authorities at Croke Park are equally eager to uplift the game’s current status and make it more enjoyable for everyone.
The top figures in this group will come up with different perspectives on how Gaelic football has changed over the years, especially in the past ten years and give suggestions on what they think should be done to ensure it regains its past glory.
This initiative is led by the chairman of the committee and ex-Galway footballer, John Tobin, alongside former Westmeath manager Jack Cooney and GAA’s director of coaching and games development, Shane Flanagan.
Once they get all the suggestions and ideas from this consultation, they’ll share to Croke Park’s Central Council for further analysis.
The idea behind all this is not just to enhance the game but also make All-Ireland final day more special and exciting for everyone.
In other news, after a four-year hiatus due to COVID, the Shinty/Hurling international exhibition match is set to return. On October 21, Ireland will have a faceoff with Scotland at Newry’s Páirc Esler for the first hybrid ‘clash of the camans’ since 2019, followed by the Down intermediate hurling final.