The GAA has confirmed that the All-Ireland Champions will officially be recognised as the World Champions from now on. The decision was taken after Gaelic Games officials agreed that if Americans can refer to the winners of their national sports competitions as World Champions, then so can we. GAA spokesman Martin Fitzmaurice told us the new rule comes into effect immediately.
“I would like to belatedly congratulate Dublin on becoming World Champions for the sixth year in a row. What an incredible achievement. The same of course goes to Limerick who are the current Hurling World Champions. If the yanks can claim to be World Champions of a sport that nobody else plays then so can we.”
The ‘World Series’ Baseball Championship is contested in America every year by teams from the United States and a Canadian team called the Toronto Blue Jays. So in baseball terms the World consists of the USA and Canada.
Martin Fitzmaurice said that using that logic, as London and New York take part in the All-Ireland Championship every year, the winners of the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cups will also be called World Champions from now on.
“They’ve as much right to be called World Champions as the Boston feckin’ Bluesocks or whatever the hell they’re called. What’s the story with those ridiculous names anyway? Can you imagine if we did that here? The Dublin Dodgers. The Limerick Langers. Actually Cork would surely have to be the Langers. But enough of that nonsense. The current World Champions in hurling and football are both Irish teams and I must admit I’m feeling fairly confident about this year’s tournament too. We’re World Champions for 133 years in a row. Beat that America!”