Does the punishment fit the crime?

As a loyal Leitrim GAA supporter I was very proud to be in Ruislip on 3rd June to see Leitrim defeat London in the Connacht Senior Championship. I was especially proud to see two of our Clubmen on the Leitrim panel and both of these players represented their county well on the day.

As a loyal Leitrim GAA supporter I was very proud to be in Ruislip on 3rd June to see Leitrim defeat London in the Connacht Senior Championship. I was especially proud to see two of our Clubmen on the Leitrim panel and both of these players represented their county well on the day.

As a loyal Leitrim GAA supporter I was very proud to be in Ruislip on 3rd June to see Leitrim defeat London in the Connacht Senior Championship. I was especially proud to see two of our Clubmen on the Leitrim panel and both of these players represented their county well on the day.

We are all aware of the dedication that is needed and the sacrifices that have to be made to be a member of the Leitrim County Panel. For all of this hard work, the players usually only get a couple of big days out but they are happy enough to do this for the honour of wearing the Leitrim jersey.

It is disappointing to see one of these lads, my clubman Ciaran Egan getting so much negative publicity from the local media outlets and faceless websites over the past couple of weeks for a “breach of discipline”. I am not going to elaborate on what Ciaran’s breach of discipline was but in the general scheme of things it wouldn’t seem to justify him being put off the county panel.

Ciaran is a quiet pleasant man who lets his football do the talking on the field and one wonders if it were one of the more vocal or senior players on the panel who made this slip up would their punishment be as severe. Ciaran is now back training and playing with his club and this is certainly a boost for our intermediate squad to have this strong super fit player in the club fold but I know they all feel sorry for Ciaran and what has happened to him. These lads and I will still be cheering on Cathal McCrann and the Leitrim team in McHale Park on Sunday but we will be wondering just who is benefiting most by having Ciaran Egan sitting beside us in the stand when he should be wearing his hard won No 3 Jersey on the field or at the very least be on the subs bench.

Does the punishment fit the crime?

Sean Reynolds

Chairman Gortletetteragh GAA Club