As our native Gaelic games develop with each passing year, is it time to genuinely consider, how close are we to professionalism?
Traditionalists would have typically blasted the role of statisticians, nutritionists, etc. within a GAA camp. However, more than just a fad, these members of a team now and the science to their work play as key a role as anyone in preparation and performance on the field.
The dedication and sacrifice it now takes to succeed at the highest level is forever scaling new heights.
In a new RTÉ documentary, exactly what is required to make it at the top level of GAA is examined in detail. The show debut will be broadcast tonight as part of a four-part series, each episode being a half an hour.
Kerry legend, Dara Ó Cinnéide will host the show. The Kingdom native retired from inter-county football in 2005 with his name safely secured in the folklore of our native games. Since hanging up his boots, GAA has taken a leaps and bounds forward in terms of technology and modernisation. Teams across the country will now spare no expense to achieve a one inch gain on oppposition.
Ó Cinnéide said of the subject of the documentary:
“Over the years since I left the inter-county game, I was constantly being told by those still involved that the game had changed beyond all recognition behind the scenes.
“The big revelation for me was seeing exactly how this was so. The level of preparation and attention to detail has escalated beyond anything I would have imagined.”
GAA Nua the show is dubbed. For anyone interested in the science behind GAA teams at the highest level, and what it takes to be successful, this is a must watch.
Check out this clip in preview of what is sure to be a fascinating series: