1 .There’s no offside rule!
2. The banter between Séamie ‘Nail’
and Tom Coady
cuts, high catches, and 65s.
4. There is no piece of sporting equipment available anywhere that is as lovely as a well crafted hurley.
5. GAA nicknames are better: Rubber Ball, Ginnet, Coco - to name a few! Soccer
players just add a Y to each others surnames.
6. Glenealy vs Carnew is a real
local derby. What does Liverpool vs Everton mean to Martin Škrtel or Diniyar Bilyaletdinov?
7. You always remember what County your Irish teacher came from.
8. You can't play a defensive game of hurling.
9. Gaelic Games are harder to play. Niall Quinn and Kevin Moran got out and went to soccer. You never see anyone coming the other direction.
10. GAA players run faster, hit harder and last longer. Nobody acts like a grenade just went off if they get tripped.
11. The GAA is about where you're from. Soccer is mainly about who you like.
12. A scoreless draw in GAA would be quite a novelty.
13. Old soccer players get testimonials, old GAA players just slip down to
14. GAA fans never have time for the Mexican wave
15. Doubling on an overhead sliotar is a more beautiful thing than volleying
a soccer ball.
16. There are always two men in white coats behind each goal at GAA games.
Only in the GAA could the full forward
have his son and grandnephew in the corners
18. The grand nephew is two years older
19. Nobody sings "You'll never beat the Irish" at GAA games.
20. The club treasurer spends some time at the AGM lamenting the yearly cost of running a club
and especially the bill for hurls; a month later, the team is being urged to
"give 'em timber lads - we have plenty of hurls on the sideline..."
21. Only in the GAA will you hear phrases like: A Shamozzle - a group of players skelpin'
one another but not exactly hittin' anyone at the same time!
22. Flags outside houses near
23. The stories about players from a bygone age
24. On any one summer Sunday more people would attend club and county
fixtures across the country than would attend soccer and rugby combined all
25. Old chaps with transistor radios who are always more interested in
the radio telling you about some other match.
26. Ringing up people you haven't spoke to in 12 months telling them to
keep you in mind for a ticket, then getting a complete shock when they come
up with the goods. Then telling everyone that asks you for a ticket to 'f*ck
off - don't you know how hard it is to get tickets'.
27. Those days when you’re
playing out of your skin and you can do no wrong, you just know before the
keeper pucks the ball out, you’re going to catch it
28. Championship hurling on a warm summers evening, the hard sod,
ground hurling and the roar of the crowd.
29. Interviews with the players on The Sunday Game and you hear
the real accents of the places they come from.
30. The one line
comment from some wit in the crowd that gets both sets of supporters laughing
31 The last bars of Amhrán na
bhFiann lost in the mighty roar
32. Young lads playing their own
championship behind the goals at the county final
33. The anticipation of the first club challenge match of the
34. You shake hands with
the guy you're marking before the match, then proceed to knock seven shades of shite out of him and abuse him for 60 minutes, and shake hands with him
35 Gives you sense of identity were
you come from, something you will have 'till the day you die
36. The pure heart and love for the game that makes a lad want to die
going for the ball as opposed to the pros in soccer that show no
37. The Wicklow People supplements in the week of a big match
38. The consolation that no matter how bad things go - there's always
39. Wearing your county jersey because you love it, not because it is a
40. Hearing people in the crowd
going on about will so-and-so start? I heard he's on the beer, I heard he's
too busy chasing skirt to be bothered his arse training etc. giving out about
him for the whole game and then he ends up being the hero by scoring the last
minute winner and they turn around and say I knew he'd do it, what did I tell
41. As Liam Griffin, the former Wexford hurling manager
and amateur poet, once described it:
"Hurling is the Riverdance of sport."