Jim McGuinness: New Championship proposals would destroy All-Ireland tradition

Why are the GAA throwing away over 130 years of provincial championship history?

Tyrone’s Ulster Championship victory was surely a springboard to All-Ireland success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tyrone’s Ulster Championship victory was surely a springboard to All-Ireland success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We tend to sleepwalk into things in life. If the current All-Ireland football championships proposals are passed, then very soon the big summer jamboree, which is an integral part of Ireland’s cultural tradition as well as being a national sports event, will be unrecognisable. And that’s the best case scenario. The worst is that a gourmet meal is suddenly reduced to a dog’s dinner.

Is reform needed? There is no question of that. The current model, whether in the knock-out or qualifier system, has shone a light on that. Repeatedly we have seen strong teams scoring north of 0-30 and finishing with a 20-point gap. It is depressing for neutral supporters to witness and leaves the losing county in despair.

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