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Players feel effects of recession

The Gaelic Players Association has revealed that 15 per cent of inter-county players are unemployed, two per cent higher than the national average.

An increasing number of players are turning to the GPA for help as the effects of the recession deepen.

The association's benevolent fund has seen a six-fold increase in applications, according to chief executive Dessie Farrell.

"Over the last number of months, the hardship cases are coming through more than we had been dealing with originally," he said.

"In the last couple of months, I think we have taken in 12 applications. Maybe we got two last year and one the year before.

"We believe that particular programme will come under pressure."

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