Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

Ex-Ulster aces tasked to cure GAA boredom

Two former Ulster county players have been named on the high-powered Football Review Committee which will immediately undertake a root and branch analysis of gaelic football.

Former Tyrone ace Ciaran McBride and Tony Scullion, an All-Ireland medal winner with Derry in 1993, will represent the province on the committee which is to be chaired by ex-All-Ireland winning Offaly manager Eugene McGee, now a well-known GAA pundit.

McBride gave outstanding service to the Red Hands during the 90’s and is currently Head of Sport at Omagh CBS while Scullion, as well as scaling the heights with Derry, represented Ireland in the International Rules series in 1990 and is now a top coach with the Ulster Council.

The committee has been set up by new GAA President Liam O’Neill, who is anxious to see the standard of play improve.

O’Neill has already come under attack from some quarters for stating that gaelic football is “boring” with many leading managers, taking issue with this view.

O’Neill, though, is clearly determined to see changes effected within the sport and the committee’s report and recommendations will be awaited with considerable interest.

The other members of the committee are: Killian Burns (Kerry All Ireland medal winner 1997 and 2000), Declan Darcy (ex-Leitrim captain and Dublin player), Paul Earley (former Roscommon player), Kevin Griffin (St Judes’ Dublin), Tim Healy (ex-Wicklow player and under-21 manager), John Tobin (Connacht Games Development Manager).

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