London and New York hammerings bring international issue to the fore

During those rare and highly seasonal discussions in GAA circles involving New York and London, there is always an unspoken and generally uncomfortable calculation being made during conversation. How much effort do we need to make here? How much does anyone care about how they’re doing?

It’s awkward stuff when no GAA community in Ireland has been left untouched or enriched by their connections to the enclaves of Gaelic games across the world. It’s even more awkward when you start to really drill into what’s required for international players to get anywhere near elite intercounty level when playing abroad.

Players don’t travel with hurling or football in mind and emigrating is a decision made for every other reason apart from sport. But the most basic

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