Dublin star Jack McCaffrey believes going professional would ruin Gaelic Games as they are community based sports.
The Clontarf clubman was talking at a discussion for UNESCO hosted by NUI Galway and was asked about the possibility of GAA turning professional.
“I think it would destroy Gaelic entirely. I certainly would be hugely opposed to it,” said the former Footballer of the Year.
“The whole beauty of the GAA is that it’s rooted in Irish history and it’s rooted in the Irish community and even the Irish community abroad is where you often see it praised the most.
“It’s certainly one of the special things that you play with your club, you play with your county, and there is no barrier or difference.
“I think it would have an awful effect on the organisation if it was ever to come in.”