You hit the nail on the head Wilf. In Ireland the GAA goes to the very fabric of being Irish. It is who you are, where you come from, the pride in the parish, playing with your brothers, relations, friends and neighbours. It is at the centre of almost everything, particularly in rural Ireland. Parish's who have nothing else will have a GAA field. Some great clubs in the cities as well, doing great work to promote the sport.
Soccer doesn't seem to instill that belief or sense of belonging.
Soccer moving to a summer season is going to put the two sports in conflict, competing for players and making young lads choose between one or the other. Which is not good for either sport.
GAA pitch on the Aran Islands. Must have taken some sweat, blood and tears in getting it set up and maintained