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Opening shot – The GAA, an antidote to the cruel world

The GAA's capacity to take care of its community should not be underestimated

The GAA’s capacity to take care of its community should not be underestimated

In his opening shot column this week, John Hughes expresses his concern with the negativity that exists in the modern world.

But he suggests that Ireland and the GAA has the perfect antidote.


“When the world is embracing such anti-human sentiments with unseemly gusto, the importance of organistation like the GAA, which embody diametrically opposed values, has never been more important.

“Ireland can’t exactly profess to being a bastion of caring values, but we do have some residual reserves in humanity in our social structures. One of the most powerful reserves of community spirit is the GAA.

“It’s mission to take sport into every corner of the country and pull parishes together is something which brings Colossal benefits.”

Read the full column in the current issue of Gaelic Life. Buy the online edition here


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