Sunday Independent on Go Gaelic

Sunday Independent on Go Gaelic

The following is an article written by Dermot Crowe of the Sunday Independent in their ‘From the Stands’ column on Sunday, July 1, 2012 ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier between Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare and Anthony Daly’s Dublin:

‘Foreign visitors keen to sample hurling and gaelic football first – hand now have an outlet thanks to an initiative backed by Anthony Daly and Davy Fitzgerald. The Clare pair, who will be at logerheads next Saturday in the hurling qualifiers, recently helped launch Go Gaelic, an introduction to Gaelic games for visitors to Ireland.

Described as a “new tourism service ” it will demonstrate the basic skills of hurling and football, provide a history of the games and also put on live matches.

Go Gaelic will operate across a number of centres and employ a mobile unit along the west coast, catering to all categories from individual visitors to corporate groups.

“It’s a great idea” said Daly, “and it’s brilliant to see the games exposed to a wider audience”.
Fitzgerald agreed: ” People are fascinated by the games and given the chance, they will try and pick up the skills. My view is that we don’t use this game (hurling) half enough outside of Ireland because, as a game, it’s second to none.”

Dermot Crowe

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