Adrian Devine, a former Clan na Gael teammate of Tyrone captain Brian Dooher, said: ‘If tourists were aware of the existence of Gaelic games, they would undoubtedly spend a longer period in the country. The GAA would benefit from tourists going to their games and visiting places like the GAA museum in Croke Park. Croke Park was full for only three games this season and the spare tickets could be allocated to interested tourists. We conducted our survey among over 400 tourists in Antrim, Derry, Donegal and Tyrone and found that only 12 per cent of them were familiar with Gaelic games.’
Yes, but how about all those visitors that pack Temple Bar every weekend? They didn’t ask them would be like to see a hurling or football game at Croke Park after a long night in the pubs along the Liffey.
BIG CHANGES FOR FAI
But the situation is not as promising in domestic soccer and last week the Genesis reported commissioned by the FAI said that the Eircom League is losing