i’m sorry but that is bollocks.
you cannot compete at IC level (if your aim is to swin provincial and all ireland titles) by relying on the hurling wall and the great sod in Birr.
there has been a backlash against the bringing in of modern coaching - nothing more - by the “sure we all had bacon and cabbage a a few pints before the game and it never harmed us” brigade. The S&C guy there is ex-Dublin GAA and I’ve actually seen the programme, its second to none.
Yes, OCP was a disaster and a real Celtic Tiger hubris operation - but anyone who goes there will tell you its a great ground.
again, all of that is in the past, but it is being used as a stick to do nothing right now.