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Sunday, 29 January 2012

A survey carried out in the west Clare village of Kilmihil has found that over the past two years a total of 87 people have emigrated, almost half to Australia. Prompted by a fall-off in the number of players with the local GAA club, community leader Gerry Johnston conducted the survey, noting that the 87 were all between the ages of 20 and 30. Such is the scale of the loss of players who, according to Gerry, have left the village ‘missing a generation’, that a Kilmihil GAA club is being set up in Australia.

The story seems to be repeated around the country. South Kerry GAA Board met on Thursday night to discuss falling player numbers. The special meeting was prompted by the fact that the Valentia Island club had lost 14 members of its senior team and has had to amalgamate with former rivals Portmagee and Sneem/Derrynane to field teams at some levels.

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