I was wondering if you meant people on here when talking about zealots, but seeing as you do indeed clarify it is on here, then maybe you need to open your eyes more.
Plenty on here have said about the issues over white elephant stadia for different sports and how municipal stadia would be preferential. So that “not one” is pretty much incorrect on that point.
you also want these Zealots, in this discussion, to express their embarrassment over the actions of the governing body in times when most of the people werent even born. Why? There is enough shite that the GAA do now that causes embarrassment or disdain that plenty of zealots comment on. Their fixtures scheduling, the preferential treatment of certain counties, the complete imbalance of funding to counties, the lack of understanding of what ordinary club members want and of course there is plenty of talk on the sky deal. I doubt any GAA supporter, or zealot as you seem to like to call them, thinks the GAA as an organisation are beyond criticism.
But why the need to hear someone, on a discussion about a charity game for a deceased soccer player, talk about embarrassment about the political arm of the GAA from 100 years ago or about a ban on foreign sports that ended nearly 50 years ago. I know very little of times when the ban was in place, I can only go on snippets on what my father did. He at one stage in his life was chairman of both the GAA club and the soccer club in our locality and was a founding member of the soccer club when it started in the early 70s. The ban didnt affect them that much other than they didnt have an organised league in rural areas, but the GAA team was in a similar position due to our location, so neither sport had any foothold and both to this day operate pretty much side by side with officers and players of the clubs.
I’m sure plenty of people had hardship and hassle over the ban or the bigotry or whatever, and I understand the reasons why the GAA had the ban in the first place and it probably lasted way too long and on the flipside understand why people dont like the GAA or dont like the cliquey nature of it or forced to play something they didnt want to.
The ban was pretty much in defiance to the ban imposed on them during the British rule here. Its hard to differentiate between the history of Ireland and the impact of the GAA at the time. It doesnt excuse anything done politically, but 100 years on people shouldnt have to feel embarrassment over a time that is far removed from where we are now.
There are plenty of GAA zealots out there now severely criticising the GAA over their stance of this charity game. I would be very surprised if a proposal is not submitted and put through at the next congress.
The GAA has plenty of flaws, but also has a massive amount of positives, so you seem surprised, on one of the most cantankerous website fora out there that lads are getting defensive about lads coming in on their moral high ground looking at it from other sports point of view?
I play and am involved in GAA. Same with soccer. I think the GAA are totally wrong not to accommodate a one off occasion such as this. But I must be a zealot so because I dont feel embarrassment over things that happened long before I was born.