GAA: A Kiwi Reflects

GAA: A Kiwi Reflects
By Donny Mahoney Updated

There are many strange aspects to today's New Zealand Herald travel feature on the GAA. I'm not talking about the cringey stereotypes about our beery race. Those - like the ones in the intro - are to be expected.

Let's get one thing clear straightaway: the hurling featured in the museum beneath Croke Park has no connection with Dublin's 1000 pubs or the nearby Guinness Storehouse. In Ireland, hurling is a sport, not the result of too many pints of liquid velvet - although the one has doubtless led to the other on the odd occasion during the game's 1500-year history.

What's weird to me is that journalist Pamela Wade, in investigating the rites of the GAA community, spends her time discussing the 2009 Kerry-Cork All-Ireland football final as if it were played just a few weeks ago. In any event, she seems to have been won over by the whole event.

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