Leitrim GAA County Board have issued a statement addressing the issue of overnight stays for County teams travelling to matches after comments made by former captain Emlyn Mulligan.
Mulligan, who is taking a year out from the Leitrim Senior team in 2015, raised the issue on twitter when he took issue with reports in the national media that suggested that the County Board had ordered team managers to avoid overnight stays for county teams in the coming year.
In the statement issued on the Leitrim GAA County Board website, PRO Declan Bohan wrote “The Management Committee of Leitrim GAA wishes to point out in relation to recent media reports and comments regarding overnight stays for the county’s teams in 2015, that in the normal consultation process between Team Managements and the County Management Committee where it is deemed necessary and is in the best interests of the teams concerned, such overnight stays will be catered for.
“While being committed to getting the best possible value from fundraising and endeavouring to keep within budgetary restraints, Leitrim GAA is categorically committed to the best possible preparation of its county teams into 2015 and beyond.”
The issue arose after Treasurer Brian Gordon revealed to delegates at the 2014 Convention that the Board had asked, not ordered, Senior and U21 team manager Shane Ward and other managers if they could avoid overnight stays with county teams wherever possible during the coming year in an effort to cut costs.
However, reports in the National media suggested that the Board had ordered the managers to cut out overnight stays leading to a furious response from last year’s Leitrim captain on twitter over the weekend.
Leitrim footballers face away trips to Aughrim, Tullamore and Carlow in the League in 2015 while the hurlers have two away trips to Warwickshire in the League and Lory Meagher Cup.
According to Google Maps, the journey between Carrick-on-Shannon and Aughrim takes two hours 45 minutes, two hours and 30 minutes to Carlow and 90 minutes to Tullamore.
Travelling on the morning of League matches is not a new issue for county footballers with Waterford twice travelling to Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada in recent years on the morning of their matches, one of which was a 1 pm throw-in as requested by the Munster men.