FAI elitism risks underage exodus

The Football Association of Ireland this week released their Elite Player Pathway proposal, which outlined a number of steps that would restructure the underage set up in domestic football leagues in Ireland. It comes as Johnathan Hill was recently announced as the association’s latest CEO, coming into effect on November 1st. The 57-year-old England native…

Sport: Just a game or something more? The state use of sport as a propaganda tool in Cold War Russia.

By David Breen, Contributor Following the conclusion of the Second World War and the emergence of the Eastern Bloc, leaders of these ‘Iron Curtain’ governments felt it necessary to attempt to catch up to and overtake expanding capitalist countries. Given the limited opportunities elsewhere, sport acted as a means of exerting the power and strength…

UCC Rugby continue where they let off

A number of UCC Clubs are still awaiting their return to action for the 2020/2021 academic year; the Mardyke grounds are noticeably quiet. However, UCC Rugby is one of the few clubs where it’s business as usual, and as All-Ireland League action is considered elite sports, the Rugby Club have been able to continue throughout…

Schumpeter, Creative Destruction, and GAA Live Streams: What can Sport take to Post-Pandemic Ireland?

The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter described the economy as being in a permanent state of change. A state of almost constant chaos, where new products, techniques and ideas are constantly undermining existing ones. This is what Schumpeter termed as “creative destruction”, implying that recessions and crises are the necessary product of innovation. Because in a…