Good interview with Crissy McKaigue last week when he spoke about the pressures of sport and the GAA:
“Of course there are times when the schedule has certainly had a negative effect on my mental health, in terms of the sheer number of games and how thick and fast they were coming,” he said.
McKaigue has strong views on the purpose of the Association. Surprisingly, for someone as successful as he is, he insists the culture should be more than just about winning and the seemingly irreversible drift towards semi-professionalism.
“I’m concerned at the way the GAA is going in terms of the bigger getting bigger and the weaker diminishing. This is having a negative impact on club and county and a lot of it is to do with a draconian approach by the powers that be at the top,” he stated.
“Winning in sport is the aim, no one can deny that, but in GAA we have a unique Association that has links to our culture and heritage. I feel somewhere along the line it has become unfashionable to acknowledge this because of the commercial side of things.”