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Monday 19 August 2019

TIME FOR CHANGE

JAMES WALSH ASKS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR GAA

IT WAS the l9th century which saw the arrival of Wexford GAA and the start of its now impressive history.

GAA has always had stronghold in the county's history with hurling and Gaelic football being at the core.

Numerous titles have been received by a variety of teams throughout the decades. There are titles dating back as far as 1890 and still to this day the squads at county level are receiving high achievements.

Although these achievements have been at the foreground of the picture, in recent times the progressing problems have outshone the victories.

The GAA still remains a popular past time for many people but there are now problems facing the game. Leaving these new arising problems unsolved could leave the GAA obsolete in the coming decades.

Although the deterioration of players is more common in urban areas, rural areas have been affected by the problem as well.

Children in urban areas are continuously now choosing different and diverse past times, such as arcades, cinemas outings and of course sports like darts, snooker, soccer and rugby have become common.

Urban areas also facilitate a large selection of sports resulting in fewer adolescents choosing GAA games as their top priority.

According to Liam Spratt a well known commentator in the sporting world: ' The way we arrange our fixtures in Wexford has weakened the sport. The GAA has nobody to blame but themselves because generally they are too disorgan-

ised with a major Hurling vs. Football battle, which is killing the county.

'It is as strong but there is a need for a major improvement in the amount of games players are getting. In soccer and rugby players get up to 30 matches per season. The GAA has to start matching that or it will get weaker.'

But although Wexford GAA has been hurt in modern times we should look to the bright side of the situation and keep supporting the national games and traditions because as the saying goes, ' The glass is half full, not half empty'.

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