As an outsider to Irish sporting life I have a few questions pertaining to Gaelic Sports and how they effect football. First off to my understanding both Gaelic Football and Hurling are amateur and played between different clubs from counties who compete first for province and then national honors. However with your small nation if would seem that these two sports syphon off both money and athletes. Then (to my understanding) you have rugby which is professional and played through the celtic league. My question is what is left for football? Are these the reasons why the Eircom League is semi-professional and not of high standard? Do many Irish people care about the Eircom League and do you not think it could have atleast been SPL quality without gaelic sports in the picture (because scotland does also have professional rugby to compete with like you). I imagine the division of Ireland also hurts as two seperate domestic leagues are not both going to be of high standard. BTW... is your League of Ireland better in quality than the Irish League in the north? Is my conclusion one that is accurate or am I off. Can any Irish fans shed some light on tis?