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#188 US college boss supports International GAA approach

Stanford Hurling team going well in the 2011 California college hurling series. (Photo courtesy of Stanford Hurling Club).

Following a statement by Member of European Parliament (MEP) and former GAA President Sean Kelly, calling for new thinking in how the GAA is structured globally, Eamonn Gormley chairman of the recently formed National Collegiate GAA of America, thinks that the time for a more world-centered GAA may be at hand.
The Belgium GAA AGM was held last Tuesday at the European Parliament and it’s Honorary President and former GAA boss Kelly in his speech to the local GAA community – reported in Hoganstand.com – told of the need for an International GAA Federation so that the association’s games can have legal “status” in European countries and gain “recognition” in the eyes of world sporting bodies.  
California based Gormley supports the idea of more of a world centered structure as he feels that the GAA does not think of itself as an international organisation but only as a national entity that happens to have overseas units.
GaelicSportsCast spoke to Mr Gormley over the weekend about this issue as well as about Game 2 of this year’s Northern Collegiate Hurling Championship series between Stanford University and University of California Davis held last Saturday at San Francisco GAA headquarters, Treasure Island.
It turned out to be another comprehensive victory for Stanford on the day.

 

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