For my club anyway we started up juvenile hurling, it’s still getting off the ground, but was 100% non existent before then. Worth noting that we are a small club who struggle with football at juvenile level also, but I know my club and another small club in the area have both started Hurling in the last 10 years.
Dual players it probably made no difference, but it coincided with a massively successful period for the footballers, but that won’t last forever.
i would say that crowds were greatly improved improved than before that era also? Open to correction there!
I would also love to know the numbers of kids playing hurling now compared to maybe 10 years ago, say for example U14-U16 teams in 2018 compared to 2008, @alanoc might have some idea!