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Nothing to fear, insists Harte

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte says the GAA has nothing to fear from the London Olympics and Euro 2012 when it comes to attracting crowds to championship games this summer.

Harte rejected suggestions that the latest GAA initiative, which saw every county host open evenings at which supporters could meet the players, is a response to a threat posed by the major international events which will take place over the next two months.

"I wouldn't see it as a fear factor, nor should it be because of anything else. I think it should be a proactive thing," he said.

"I think the GAA need to go and promote themselves at every opportunity. It's not good enough any more to say, we are the top sporting organisation in the country.

"We have the best following, by and large, across the country, when you take it in its totality."


From Belfast Telegraph