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A Photo Tribute To The Spartan Beauty Of January GAA

A Photo Tribute To The Spartan Beauty Of January GAA
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Most years, there would be a smattering of complaint in the air. As intercounty GAA games were played off in grounds that are more steam than grass, and in front of less people than last year's All-Ireland finals, you'd usually read an article or two about the pointlessness of the whole thing. Some would even allude to the cruelty of making sportspeople play sport in winter.

This year, sadly, there's none of that. There's really none of anything. Intercounty training has been banned this month, nevermind actual games. The moaners won't have a chance to complain about January GAA, and the rest of us won't get a chance to bask in its unique beauty.

We've compiled a group of reasons why January GAA brings a cold, frozen tear to the eye of any true Gael.

Hastily constructed scoreboards

We are particular fans of the precise sketching of the 'X' and 'F' in Wexford.

 

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The Emperor's clothes pulled back from the media machine

This is the Louth PRO Bob Doherty delivering the team sheets ahead of the O'Byrne Cup Semi-Final against Meath.

 

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Former Kildare manager Cian O'Neill being grilled by the newshounds beside a microphone stand.

 

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The kitman comes to the fore

In this case, the work of Monaghan kitman Francis McGinnity.

 

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Volunteers of all ages are called upon

You won't find glory hunters carrying water bottles on a cold January Sunday in Tullamore.

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Alternative warm-up surfaces 

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Tarmacadam, muck. You take what you can get.

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And you might even combine your warm-up with an interesting trip to the ground.

 

All hail the Tea Lady

Freezing afternoons make the tea lady essential to spectating. Take a bow Ann Goldrick and Michelle Connolly.

 

The scaled-back 'shop'

The range of cardboard containers for products is the really great thing here. You can bet that the 'Paddy' case is filled with Rolos.

 

The extremely well-signposted ticket booth

You can't pre-book your tickets online, so best not miss the ticket office.

 

And finally... some of the breathtaking scenery at pitches away from Jones' Road

Mallow.

Owenbeg.

Dowdallshill, Louth.

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