"They just don't get recognised"

December 02, 2020

Waterford selector Dan Shanahan.
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Former Waterford star Dan Shanahan says the effort being put in by women's GAA players isn’t being recognised enough.

Shanahan was part of the Deise County’s camogie management under Fergal O’Brien before they stepped down following the team’s All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Tipperary last Saturday.

"We thought as a management it was the right decision," he told RTÉ's Game On on the management’s decision to step aside.

"We gave it everything we had. The ladies gave us everything they had but the fundraising that the Camogie Association have to do, I saw it in our county here.

"The fundraising you have to do compared to the lads get... they put in a massive effort to do what they do but they'd never get the recognition."

He added: "I feel for the Waterford girls. I was involved with them this year and it was an honour to be involved with them. They gave us management everything they could. We came up short against Tipp two or three weeks ago but again, to go out and try and raise your money this time of year...every place is being hit with Covid.

"But I just don't think the recognition for the girls - the performances in the semi-final at the weekend in the conditions, the skill levels, the training they do to play the game - they just don't get recognised."    

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