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Duffy emphasises fixture priority
27 Jan 2015 11:11
GAA Director General Paraic Duffy has re-emphasised the importance of fixture changes which would see all competitions held within a calendar year.
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Duffy has been very vocal on the subject for the past 12 months - the changes would see the All-Ireland finals finishing a week earlier and club finals moving from their traditional St Patrick’s Day finish to a December date.
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Writing in this year's annual report, he stressed the importance of this issue, saying that real progress on the fixture master plan and club fixtures is required.
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The wide-ranging and detailed document, which runs to over 20,000 words, also covers many other issues, including the vindication of the black card rule and the allocation of media rights, which Duffy believes has been a success with regard to new arrangements with RTE’s worldwide service GAAGO and Sky Sports' coverage of Gaelic Games.
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The Director General also revisits the decision to go to Limerick with the semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayo, as well as writing about how impressed he was with the success of the kick-out rule in the recent International Rules series, where the ball must go beyond the '45. He ponders the question as to whether this is worth considering for football.
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The Monaghan man also addresses the issue of a perception that there is a disconnect between Croke Park and the wider GAA community regarding the association's financing and the existence of a 'Corporate GAA', highlighting the need to finance the organisation.
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A review of the year would not be complete without some comment about the debacle of the Garth Brooks’ scheduled concerts. Duffy, unsurprisingly, defends the GAA position in the controversy.
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