To be honest I never encountered where you couldn’t admit to going to a GAA game back then, but I am sure there are parts of Dublin it happened in - I am sure there still is. When I was playing back then you only knew who you knew and I sort of assumed everyone played GAA. I don’t disagree that the Dublin team of the 70s didn’t resurrect Dublin GAA from a low ebb, of course they did. But there is a perception out there that they were the first good Dublin team with a good following, they weren’t, there were teams of the 50s and 60s who got very big crowds. The reason the Dublin teams of the late 60s and early 70s weren’t getting big crowds is because they weren’t very good.
Yes, the 70s team were responsible for new people getting into the game, as I am sure the current team is. But some of these people who came to the game because of the 70s team (especially those who became journalists) assumed that nothing went before them. I think there is a slight, but unintended, disrespect there to the likes of the Foleys, Snitchy Ferguson, Jim Lavin and all those guys who were among the best in the country 15 years before some in the media would have us think the game was invented in Dublin.