Low attendances a cause for concern
THE shockingly low attendances at club championship games must be of huge concern to the powers that be within Wicklow GAA as paltry numbers are coming through the turnstiles in Aughrim and beyond for key championship games in both football and hurling.
In the county grounds this weekend there were games between Blessington and St Patrick’s, Avondale and Bray Emmets, Éire Óg and Baltinglass while there were key games in Pearse’s Park in Arklow, Bray and Ashford as well and while the majority of those clubs are based in big towns the support at this stage in the championships is just not there.
It’s not just a Wicklow reality with a drop in numbers suggested in neighbouring counties as well but it is a worrying development given the bad press the GAA has received at national level in recent months in relation to the domination of Dublin in the football and the selling of media rights to Sky Sports.
Could it be the case that the GAA is losing its touch with its base or is it something more benign such as family holidays, the approaching end of the school holidays or the lack of real importance in the fixtures in terms of knock-out?