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Replying To tirawleybaron:  "The tailteann cup gives weaker counties more games in the summer which will allow their players more opportunities to play and train together - which should help them get better.

The reason Tyrone, Kerry, Dublin and Mayo win the most matches over the past 20 years is because they get to play more every summer , thus allowing them develop- combining that fact with almost constant div 1 football is their younger players learn their trade at a higher level than everyone else. This keeps them at a higher level all the time.

The best way to allow weaker counties to develop is to switch the league to a div 1A /1B and 2A/2B option so they get a game or two every year against the big boys - they bigger counties then have a lower standard of opposition during their development, thus bringing their standards down.


The alternative is splitting Dublin in 3, Kerry in 2 etc.

No one wants either of the above so the only answer is amalgamation of counties who don't get into the Sam Maguire race if they want to enter it.

That would mean 4 groups of 5 with the top 16 counties and an amalgamated team from each of Connaught, Munster, Ulster and Leinster added in."
"The tailteann cup gives weaker counties more games in the summer which will allow their players more opportunities to play and train together - which should help them get better."

This should be the case but for some reason that's never actually expected they don't see it that way.

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 984 - 01/03/2022 21:49:07    2403344

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Replying To oneoff:  ""The tailteann cup gives weaker counties more games in the summer which will allow their players more opportunities to play and train together - which should help them get better."

This should be the case but for some reason that's never actually expected they don't see it that way."
The GAA still butchered the tailteann cup despite promising not too.
Running it off by early July and pleating the final as a curtain raiser to an all Ireland semi final, so it gets played out in front of a few hundred fans

The hurling crowd might come in for the last ten minutes if they are lucky

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 987 - 05/03/2022 07:29:05    2403835

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Replying To tirawleybaron:  "The GAA still butchered the tailteann cup despite promising not too.
Running it off by early July and pleating the final as a curtain raiser to an all Ireland semi final, so it gets played out in front of a few hundred fans

The hurling crowd might come in for the last ten minutes if they are lucky"
Personally I'd have Zero interest in watching a tailteann cup final, you can't make natural people interested. That said is it being played before a Hurling semi final rather than a football semi final?

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1684 - 05/03/2022 13:13:09    2403874

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Replying To Bon:  "Personally I'd have Zero interest in watching a tailteann cup final, you can't make natural people interested. That said is it being played before a Hurling semi final rather than a football semi final?"
Yes - before a hurling semi (because they have the lowest crowds traditionally)

It should be on the same day as the football final
No one cares about the U17's anyway

Most U17 finals are between counties that reach all Ireland's - I never seen a Sligo v Wexford minor final

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 987 - 05/03/2022 14:06:45    2403881

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Replying To Bon:  "Personally I'd have Zero interest in watching a tailteann cup final, you can't make natural people interested. That said is it being played before a Hurling semi final rather than a football semi final?"
*Neutral :)

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1684 - 05/03/2022 14:18:55    2403883

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Replying To tirawleybaron:  "Yes - before a hurling semi (because they have the lowest crowds traditionally)

It should be on the same day as the football final
No one cares about the U17's anyway

Most U17 finals are between counties that reach all Ireland's - I never seen a Sligo v Wexford minor final"
That's a bit silly alright, should be on the same day as the football.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1684 - 05/03/2022 14:31:27    2403889

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