Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: GAA is part of what we are

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Gaelic Football in its purest form is the most exciting way to play, says Leader columnist Mattie Fox

The GAA had another bumper year in 2017 earning €65.6 million.

An increase of €5 million on 2016.

It’s a healthy sign of the organisation, and how it is run.

There are the disgusting costs of litigation, a sometimes obscene reality of modern day thinking.

Nonetheless, that’s the price that every serious operation has to contend with, and accounts are all about percentages.

The cost of claims are peanuts compared to the associations income.

Literally a drop in the ocean.

But it’s a sad indictment of how our thinking has altered, all the same.

Gate receipts contributed €34.4 million, roughly half the amount earned.

I agree with Joe Brolly on many things, but the figures highlight how far out he is, with regard to the GAA’s overall standing, in the Irish community.

It is indeed part of what we are, despite how it compares to coverage given to soccer or rugby, in the media.

Neither soccer or rugby - both good sports - come close to the GAA’s grip on society.

Yet, each are featured regularly before the GAA in the newspaper columns. Strange. Maybe they have more proactive PR departments.

Nothing stays the same forever, and we’ll see a reversion to ‘old’ ways of playing the game in a few years, as inevitably we evolve to realise that Gaelic Football in its purest form is the most exciting way to play.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Look at Donegal against Dublin.

I rest that case.