GAA: Do as I say, not as I do

29 03 2010

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Nemo Rangers state of the art facilities in Cork

A ground to be proud of, state of the art training facilities, Four all-weather pitches, all fully flood-lit, three grass pitches, indoor-hurling astro-pitch, fully equipped gymnasium, meeting rooms, bar and catering facilities… Welcome to Nemo Rangers GAA club, Cork city. These facilities are the envy of every sporting organisation in the country.

Any club with these facilities would be crazy not to realise their full commercial potential by renting them out for other sports when not in use by the GAA teams. GAA clubs that have facilities like this have been doing exactly that for the last few years to pay for the upkeep of such facilities. If you come down to clubs such as Nemo on a midweek night, you will see tag-rugby, soccer, gaelic football and hurling all being played in adjacent pitches, but this is not what the GAA want. This, according to their rulebook is not allowed:

Rule 5.1 states: “All property including grounds, clubhouses, halls, dressing-rooms and handball alleys owned or controlled by units of the Association shall be used only for the purpose of, or in connection with, the playing of games controlled by the Association”.

During the cold-snap in February the Irish rugby team were in Cork for mid-week training, they were unable to train at PBS facilities due to frost, so the backup plan was to train indoors on Nemo’s astro-pitch. Following this the GAA announced that they were to discuss this matter at their ‘Management Committee meeting’ this week. I understand that allowing Ireland’s international rugby and soccer to be played at Croke park was a specially sanctioned moved by the organisation, but this really smacks of hypocrisy. The GAA earned an estimated €35M from opening Croke parks’ doors to IRFU and FAI in three years, yet they come down on local clubs who allow soccer or football to be played to keep their costs under control.

Do as I say not as I do.

Silly and short-sighted.

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2 responses

30 03 2010
JL Pagano

I’d go as far as to say it’s downright childish.

8 04 2010
Owlbassboy

As that that is really childish. I can’t believe they have that in their rules to be honest.

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