Hurling secretary slams Board after refusal to adjourn Convention

Hurling Board Secretary Mickey Dorrigan said the Leitrim GAA County Board "don't give a damn about hurling" after it rejected his call to adjourn last Sunday's Convention in the Bush Hotel and hold a special Convention on the issue of membership of hurling clubs.

Hurling Board Secretary Mickey Dorrigan said the Leitrim GAA County Board "don't give a damn about hurling" after it rejected his call to adjourn last Sunday's Convention in the Bush Hotel and hold a special Convention on the issue of membership of hurling clubs.

At the conclusion of what had been a sedate Convention, Mickey asked for a few moments to outline some matters, first criticising Chairman Joe Flynn for failing to mention that the three officers of the Leitrim Hurling Board were all standing down due to the five-year rule after 24 years each in their posts.

The Hurling Board Secretary criticised the decision to suspend Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's club officials after their team was stripped for the Feile title last July – "This was all embarrassing for Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's, it was a total miscarriage of justice.

"At no stage were the Hurling Board consulted with by Croke Park and I feel that a big stick was waved over a little club in Leitrim.

"Croke Park had no hesitation in dealing with this but they were not able to deal with the Leinster Final."

However, his major complaint was a requirement that clubs and their players intending to participate in Hurling competitions must be members of separate and distinct amalgamations so as to comply with bye-laws, as outlined in an email issued in recent weeks by the County Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney.

The Hurling Secretary said that this was not needed as the Rule Book covered the situation and asked that Convention be adjourned for a month so the relevant bye-law could be deleted.

Under the new regulations, clubs who have players participating in hurling competitions would have to agree to setting up an "amalgamated" team for hurling purposes as a separate entity on the GAA data-base and the clubs of participating players would have to vote at their AGMs to agree to the amalgamation.

"This Convention can be the death knell for hurling in Leitrim," said Mickey, adding "I don't want the incoming Hurling Board burdened by this decision and asked that we adjourn this Convention for a month so we can clarify this situation."

However, Mickey's arguements were rejected by County Board officials.

Chairman Joe Flynn said that the Board were simply putting their own house in order as a player cannot play for two clubs – "It also applies to any amalgamated team for football, this is not specific to hurling. We can't say that hurling can be continued as it was, it is not in keeping with rule."

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