Ciarán Murphy: Why so few club players go to intercounty matches

Chaotic schedule means little overlap between supporters in stands and local GAA stalwarts

‘The Mayo support really is amazing. We in Galway admire it, we’re just not going to be made feel bad about our rather more laissez-faire attitude across the border.’ Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘The Mayo support really is amazing. We in Galway admire it, we’re just not going to be made feel bad about our rather more laissez-faire attitude across the border.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘Supporting your county team is for auld fellas and school kids.” This was the withering one-liner delivered to me in the aftermath of my rain-sodden misadventures in Roscommon, told in these pages a couple of weeks ago, for Galway’s first game in the Connacht championship this year.

The man who told me this watches more GAA than is strictly good for one’s health, and has played or been involved at every level of the association, be that club, county, or colleges, so I didn’t immediately dismiss this pretty aloof-sounding generalisation (then again, he’s from Cork, where aloofness is practically an art-form). So who actually does support their county team, other than auld fellas and school kids? Well auld ladies, for a start.

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