More Ibiza and less Cop­pers – it’s time for GAA mu­si­cal snobs to change their tune

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

It must be high time for an aca­demic pa­per on how techno, house and elec­tronic mu­sic have in­flu­enced Gaelic games. We know from our en­coun­ters with aca­demics that they are al­most as mad as news­pa­per colum­nists when it comes to find­ing new and novel top­ics to write about. (We did say “al­most”, okay.)

If they are look­ing for some­thing to get them started, look at the man­ner in which the Dublin team tore into Mayo last week­end. In those odd mo­ments in-be­tween the punch­ing, sledg­ing and thump­ing – when a game of foot­ball threat­ened to break out – it really looked as if they had some­thing to prove.

Per­haps it’s all down to techno su­per­star Carl Cox. There were re­ports af­ter the drawn match that Diar­muid Con­nolly and a few oth­ers had to pull a trip to Ibiza be­cause of the re­play.

If these play­ers missed Cox’s last stand at Space as a re­sult of their in­abil­ity to deal with Mayo the first day out, per­haps that ex­plains the spir­ited man­ner in which they took on the men from the west at the sec­ond time of ask­ing. That be­ing the case, Dublin County Board chief John Costello should get on to Cox’s agent pronto and book him for some up­com­ing din­ner dances.

Surely, though, the Dublin team are not the only ones fea­tur­ing a cou­ple of would-be ravers in their midst? It al­ways strikes me that county teams with pumped up teens, twen­tysome­thing pow­er­houses and thir­tysome­thing strag­glers must have at least a few lads who favour the hard mu­si­cal stuff off the field.

Yet you are lead to be­lieve that ev­ery­one is read­ing from the same hand­book when it comes to the mu­si­cal likes of the squad. There are al­ways dark horses, so it’s not be­yond the bounds of pos­si­bil­ity that a few would plump for Berghain over Cop­pers any night of the week.

Mu­si­cal sins

In­deed, the fact that a club sound­tracked by pretty dire chart mu­sic has be­come syn­ony­mous with Gaelic games surely ran­kles with some of your favourite play­ers. (That’s not the only mu­si­cal sin, but we will tackle the pipe bands who lead out the pa­rades at games up and down the coun­try some other time.)

There will also be foot­ballers and hurlers who look on with scorn and snob­bery when they see who the GAA lets loose in Croke Park to make a few mil­lion bob. There have been some ap­palling vis­tas in re­cent years, with the likes of Bon Jovi and The Script stop­ping off at Jones’ Road, though next sea­son’s ap­pear­ance from Cold­play takes the no­tion of the bland and the beige into a whole new realm. You’ll never speak ill of a Le­in­ster hurl­ing semi-fi­nal again.

Com­mend­able mu­si­cal likes are not just the lot of the cur­rent crop. Some Kerry ac­quain­tances of ours swear that Done­gal prophet and Ir­ish Times colum­nist Jim McGuin­ness was a reg­u­lar in Ho­ran’s in Tralee back in the day when he was study­ing in the town.

When you look at how his teams rolled in some piv­otal games over the years, it makes sense that Slam’s Pos­i­tive Ed­u­ca­tion fea­tured on the McGuin­ness playlist once upon a time.

Maybe a sea change is com­ing. Maybe more and more play­ers will see what the lure of Ibiza has done for Con­nolly and co and make a break for the Balearics for warm weather train­ing, com­plete with some gen­tle stretch­ing in DC10 or Ushuaia. It could be the start of a whole new look.

There will also be foot­ballers and hurlers who look on with scorn and snob­bery when they see who the GAA lets loose in Croke Park to make a few mil­lion bob

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