Treacy: Using social media is not playing the game

A former government minister, who is now heading up the GAA in Galway, has appealed to players to stop using social media such as Twitter or Facebook.

Galway County Board chairman Noel Treacy said GAA players should not use social media to comment on the games they play in. The former Fianna Fáil minister added that players often post thoughts online without realising they become public gossip.

“We all live today in a global village of instant communication. This has many advantages but carries with it many risks, which are mostly invisible to the unsuspecting, enthusiastic and sometimes innocent user,” he said.

“Social media is a new, modern phenomenon whereas heretofore one’s personal thoughts usually remained private, unless orally expressed. Today they become instant public gossip in cyber space.

“I’m appealing to all our players, youth and adult, club and county, to play our gaelic games on the pitches and not pre-play or post-play those same games on social media networks.

“If others choose to exploit the efforts of our players on to a mass communication world, then let the consequences remain with those who do so,” said Treacy.

The Galway chairman said players making comments on games they are involved in is unhelpful and they should concentrate on playing.

“Commentary and adjudication are a matter for other non-playing people, whether they be media, officials, supporters or others.

“Players should not, in their own personal interest, be performers on the field of play and then private commentators or adjudicators on social media thereafter,” said Treacy.

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