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This Is Irish Children’s Predictions For This Year’s GAA

This year's GAA Senior Championships are already full of surprises, such as Clare's shock win over Tipperary in the Hurling: The first time they've beaten Tipp, who are now out of the competition, since 1928. So what other surprises are in store, and what are the predictions for this year as we move forward?

Who better to ask than the young fans who look forward to one-day lifting the Sam Maguire and the Liam McCarthy cups themselves?!

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John West, who are sponsoring the National Fiéle Competitions for the third year in a row, recently took the opportunity to survey over 900 children across Ireland about their diets, and their expectations for the 2018 GAA championship.

With the football and hurling seasons already in full swing, the survey asked the boys and girls about their predictions for the GAA football and hurling championships, and their favourite players in the sports.

Here is what they said:

Favourites In Their Sport

Almost half (40%) of more than 900 children surveyed said that Paul Mannion, from the Dublin team, is Ireland’s favourite footballer. Mayo’s Andy Moran just missed out, with 35% of the votes.

As for the Irish’s favourite hurler, Joe Canning, of Galway was the first favourite, getting 68% of the votes. Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley came in second with 10% of the votes.

As for the women’s footballers, Cora Staunton (Mayo) beat Noelle Healy (Dublin) as the favourite in the country, with 44% of the votes.

Cork’s Julia White, All Ireland Camogie champion, ruled out Kilkenny’s Shelly Farrell by getting 37% of the votes while Shelly only received 27%.

But it was the voting for Ireland’s favourite coach that was too close to call, with only 1% in the difference between the country’s top three! Finally it was Davy Fitz, who was crowned as the favourite by receiving 26% of the votes, with Dublin’s Jim Gavin and Kilkenny’s Brian Cody both getting 25%.

Prediction

If the children of Ireland are correct in their predictions, history will repeat itself with the Dubs the outright favourites to lift Sam again. More than three quarters (78%) of the 927 surveyed, chose the boys in blue as this year's All Ireland Senior Football Champions.

Although Dublin might have a runaway victory in the predictions for the football champs, the competition between the hurling counties is a little bit tighter with Galway, Kilkenny and Tipperary all named as favourites for the Liam MacCarthy.

The current champions, Galway, lead the way with 37% of the votes with Kilkenny (28%) and Tipperary (22%) trailing.

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Everyone Wants…

Joe Canning! Almost a fifth (17%) of the children want him to transfer to their own county team, with Mayo’s Andy Moran (7%) as their second and Diarmuid Connolly (4%) as their third choice.

Despite the rivalry, natives from Dublin and Mayo do see the talent in their opposing teams: 11% of Dublin’s children would like to see Mayo’s Andy Moran play for their team while nearly a quarter (22%) of May fans would welcome Dublin’s Paul Mannion on to their squad.

Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny chose Galway’s Joe Canning as their No. 1 choice of transfer.

In an unlikely turn of events Waterford’s Austin Gleeson was chosen by 23% of Wexford locals as the player they would most like to see in their local team’s jersey.

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John West's survey also found that 50% of the 927 children who took part eat fish at least once a week. Fish is an important part of a healthy diet, providing you and your children’s bodies with healthy fats like Omega-3.

Partnering with the National Féile Competitions has given John West the opportunity to highlight the importance of protein in children’s diets, helping to make parents aware of the range of fish products, specially created to bring good nutrition to active families in a contemporary way. Perfect for the next generation of Ireland's sports stars!

What is your predictions for this year's GAA? Tell us in the comments below.


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