Alan Milton

  • The loss of elite status for Gaelic Games, the effect of Covid-19 on the GAA's fixture schedule and the current ambitions for the 2021 season were all discussed on Sunday Sport by the Director of Communications at the GAA Alan Milton.

    He told Midwest Radio's Michael D. McAndrew that the loss of elite status had certainly 'ruffled a lot of feathers', as the organisation thought they would still be adhering to their original schedule, revealed before Christmas, with the return to Level 5 restrictions.

    The Dublin man added that Easter is a considerable amount of time for clubs and young people to wait for a return to sport, but was frank with his analysis on why the association was no longer deemed elite.

    "We can't bubble our players.

    We're an amateur sporting organisation with amateur sports men and women, who prepare to very high levels, but ultimately don't receive payment and return home to their families and communities and indeed are in the workplace."

    The Round Tower GAA clubman says there has been a lot of lot of upheaval in the GAA and society within the past few weeks, but he believes the loss of elite status will not affect how the games are viewed from a Government funding perspective.

    He also revealed that it is still the GAA's plan to run the Allianz Leagues this year...

  • A major drive is being launched to source and publish for the first time Mayo GAA stories from the grassroots of the association.

    The collaboration between the association and publishers, Ballpoint Press Ltd, aims to gather the most comprehensive treasure trove of Gaelic-related stories ever compiled in the 136-year history of the GAA.

    As well as Mayo and the four corners of Ireland, stories will also be sought from across the globe, in particular from those who have been GAA frontier people in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and many other countries.

    The story gathering will include oral accounts so that all kind of stories can be written down for the first time in book form and also feature in the GAA's archives at Croke Park.

    Potential contributors who feel they have a story but may not feel up to writing it can get in touch with Ballpoint Press and relate their account. It will then be written and sent back for approval before being submitted for final publishing.

    The president of the GAA, John Horan, said he welcomed the exploration through the GAA grassroots to find the diversity of stories that undoubtedly exist there.

    Well-known journalist and author, PJ Cunningham, will spearhead the undertaking alongside GAA Communications Director, Alan Milton.

    PJ said it had been an ambition of his for many years to bring what he believes is the great legacy of GAA stories together under one project.

    Both PJ and Alan joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport today to discuss the project in more detail.

     

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