It can feel kinda lonely sometimes out here in the GAA blogosphere, what with it being more underpopulated than Greenland and where my near solitary miaowing can even begin to grate on my own ears after a while. So when Seaneen contacted me the other day to let me know that he had recently opened the doors to the Galway Football Blog it was indeed welcome news for me. A new GAA blogger! And a Herrin Choker to boot! Suddenly the world of GAA blogging has, to my mind, become far more interesting.
As I pointed out in that article that I did for Into the West over the summer (which, if you’re interested, is here – it’s on page 66), when I started out at this lark back in early 2007, it was with the notion that over time there’d be a whole community of us eejits out there doing our cyber thing but, to date at least, this hasn’t happened. Why there’s such a dearth of GAA bloggers (at a time when there are plenty of Irish lads blogging furiously about what passes for football across the water) remains a bit of a mystery to me, even if it does go some way towards confirming my fears that (a) I’m some kind of mental defective and (b) the Kerrymen and their ilk prefer to do their talking on the field. In this regard, the arrival of a new face is a welcome development and one which will, with a bit of luck, be followed by others who are willing to dip their toes in the same water. At least that way I won’t be only loon out there.
Part of the enjoyment of matches against Galway always means, for me at least, knocking crack out of the neighbours and so the arrival on the scene of the Galway Football Blog extends this, in a very 21st century way, to cyberspace. So I trust you’ll join with me in giving Seaneen a warm welcome to the wonderful world of GAA blogging and wishing him all the best in his endeavours in the months and, hopefully, years ahead.