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GAA director general Paraic Duffy to retire

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Surprised no thread on this. What do you think his legacy will be? Main points from his time in charge off the top of my head

Super 8/Hurling round robin.
Strengthening financial position.
Peace in our time with GPA
Sky
RWC bid.
Continued fixture issues leading to CPA.

RoyalBadger (Meath) - 13/10/2017 09:28:44    2054978

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Replying To RoyalBadger:  "Surprised no thread on this. What do you think his legacy will be? Main points from his time in charge off the top of my head

Super 8/Hurling round robin.
Strengthening financial position.
Peace in our time with GPA
Sky
RWC bid.
Continued fixture issues leading to CPA."
Tried to open a thread on Duffy but Admin must not have been happy with my opinion of him

neverright (Roscommon) - 13/10/2017 16:58:36    2055089

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Paraic has been a steady hand on the tiller during his 10 years in guiding the Association. Some will bemoan some of the changes - like the SKY deals and the Super 8 but he has kept the GAA real and modern and it is vital for the future for keeping the GAA in the modern world where it needs to be.
Its easy to criticise but true administrators cajole along their association so that subtle but necessary change is brought in. The GAA is very traditional in many ways but it has held its own in staying relevant in the modern world.
Duffy has been very personable and has shown that he has had the mettle to bring the traditionalists along with him. That takes charm and ability to persuade the many who wish to stay where it is comfortable - in the past.

Big shoes to fill now that he has announced his retirement.

carlowman (Carlow) - 13/10/2017 19:36:49    2055133

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Happy to see him finally go was there too long to get what he wanted e.g getting rid of the U21 championship. Hopefully his replacement is better.

Gaa_lover (USA) - 14/10/2017 00:05:20    2055181

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On taking up the post originally he was interviewed on RTE & said that he wanted to better the scene of the clubs & club players, his actions have been the complete opposite, never has the plight of the clubs & club players been worse, he has left a mess behind. He & the current Uachtaran have ensured the advance of elitism & professionalism within the GAA, much to its detriment. Liam O Mulvihill was a fantaastic Ard Stiurothoir, the mess left behind currently could sink or divide the GAA.

Uimhir.a.3. (Galway) - 14/10/2017 00:20:46    2055184

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Replying To RoyalBadger:  "Surprised no thread on this. What do you think his legacy will be? Main points from his time in charge off the top of my head

Super 8/Hurling round robin.
Strengthening financial position.
Peace in our time with GPA
Sky
RWC bid.
Continued fixture issues leading to CPA."
Peace in our time as originally uttered led to WW 2 the following year!!

thelongridge (Offaly) - 14/10/2017 11:21:20    2055215

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The only improvement in our game was the introduction of the intermediate and junior All Ireland club championships, every other decision for county teams has been money driven, the sky deal, the super 8, the splitting of the qualifiers into A and B and played on 2 different weekends clogging up the calendar where no club games can be played, the plan of moving the All Ireland Final both in hurling and football from September to August, the same 4 or 5 referees over the All Ireland semi finals and final for the past 8 or 9 years, the lob sided GAA funding plan creating a machine (Dublin) against 32 other counties/ teams

riverboys (Mayo) - 21/10/2017 22:51:47    2056902

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Replying To Uimhir.a.3.:  "On taking up the post originally he was interviewed on RTE & said that he wanted to better the scene of the clubs & club players, his actions have been the complete opposite, never has the plight of the clubs & club players been worse, he has left a mess behind. He & the current Uachtaran have ensured the advance of elitism & professionalism within the GAA, much to its detriment. Liam O Mulvihill was a fantaastic Ard Stiurothoir, the mess left behind currently could sink or divide the GAA."
Liam Mulvihill held the job for nearly 30 years and did what exactly?

Its hard to effect change in a small club with so many people all with their own views on how something should be done....at a national level it must border on impossible. What I have seen with Duffy, at least, are attempts to bring our games in to this century.

seanfinn (Monaghan) - 24/10/2017 14:07:08    2057540

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Replying To riverboys:  "The only improvement in our game was the introduction of the intermediate and junior All Ireland club championships, every other decision for county teams has been money driven, the sky deal, the super 8, the splitting of the qualifiers into A and B and played on 2 different weekends clogging up the calendar where no club games can be played, the plan of moving the All Ireland Final both in hurling and football from September to August, the same 4 or 5 referees over the All Ireland semi finals and final for the past 8 or 9 years, the lob sided GAA funding plan creating a machine (Dublin) against 32 other counties/ teams"
Doubt if you could cite the introduction of the Junior and Intermediate club c'ships as being a success. In fact, it is a mess. There is absolutely no consensus across the board (and no direction from Croke Park) on who can play Junior or Intermediate football. It is left up to individual counties - hence the outcry each year about the composition of a number of the teams taking part.

neverright (Roscommon) - 24/10/2017 17:46:28    2057623

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