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Interesting article. Paddy Cullen and Ger Brennan the only two people from the North Inner City to play for Dublin in 50 years

Breffni39 (Cavan) - Posts: 11662 - 28/01/2020 14:55:18    2263218

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Interesting article. Paddy Cullen and Ger Brennan the only two people from the North Inner City to play for Dublin in 50 years"
Inner city Dublin is a predominately soccer area, be it north or south (although the support for the Dubs in the north inner city is absolutely huge, the playing numbers are anything but).

I'm from the South Inner City and apart from myself and a few of my mates, most people are ''soccer heads'' as we call them.

I was born into a staunch GAA family with country grandparents, so I suppose that's where my love for Gaelic Games stems from.

But for the majority of people in Inner City Dublin, soccer is king!!

ConnollyDub (Dublin) - Posts: 1847 - 28/01/2020 15:23:38    2263227

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Interesting article Breff.

That's where I'm from and still live. It's unsurprising really but still a little sad.

There's no space to play really, soccer is a street game and is easy to play round here but football and hurling need space, which is something we just don't have. Soccer clubs also actively recruit round here whereas GAA clubs traditionally haven't, although that is changing.

There is a huge interest in the GAA, and the Dublin footballers in particular, and it is something that the Dublin County Board should look to exploit. And there are of course people that are member of clubs and play as well.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13047 - 29/01/2020 09:53:52    2263414

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Replying To MesAmis:  "Interesting article Breff.

That's where I'm from and still live. It's unsurprising really but still a little sad.

There's no space to play really, soccer is a street game and is easy to play round here but football and hurling need space, which is something we just don't have. Soccer clubs also actively recruit round here whereas GAA clubs traditionally haven't, although that is changing.

There is a huge interest in the GAA, and the Dublin footballers in particular, and it is something that the Dublin County Board should look to exploit. And there are of course people that are member of clubs and play as well."
Something they definitely should look to exploit, but aren't doing enough imo. Although GAA is thriving in Dublin at the moment, as we all know, not enough is being done in working class areas. Id argue GAA participation is falling dramatically in these areas. Actually, its not up for argument, it definitely is dropping, period. GAA is seriously under threat in working class areas, and the powers that be seem happy to concede these heavily populated areas to soccer.

ConnollyDub (Dublin) - Posts: 1847 - 29/01/2020 12:20:07    2263467

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The GAA in Dublin in terms of player participation is overwhelmingly middle class now.

Yet, the support for the team, i would argue, is overwhelmingly working class. Definitely the staunch core support anyway.

So there is massive interest there. So the questions need to be asked, why aren't we doing enough to take advantage of this? Why are we conceding these areas to soccer?

ConnollyDub (Dublin) - Posts: 1847 - 29/01/2020 12:31:26    2263471

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