Low at­ten­dances a cause for con­cern

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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?

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