The Connacht GAA Competitions Control Committee have released a statement this evening denying a claim that Kimore GAA Club had a request to postpone their recent Connacht GAA Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final game again Monivea Abbey turned down.
The Connacht GAA statement was in response to a claim made in a statement released by the Kilmore Chairperson and Secretary last Monday where they expressed their disappointment at being forced to play their Connacht GAA Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final less than 24 hours after winning the county title.
Quote:“We are also deeply disappointed that the Connacht Council refused our request to postpone the game due to the death of our Honorary President Frank Dennehy”…..”We heard of his passing as we boarded the bus for Tuam and contacted John Prenty the Connacht Secretary requesting a postponement; yet the Connacht Council said no.”
(The Kilmore statement can be read in full here)
In today’s Connacht GAA counter-statement, which was signed by Connacht GAA Vice Chair Gerry McGovern, who is the Chair of the Competitions Control Committee and Connacht GAA Secretary John Prenty, they deny that any request was made by Kilmore to postpone the game.
The Connacht GAA statement in full reads as follows:
Concerning the controversies over the scheduling of recent Connacht Club Championship games Comhairle Chonnacht wishes to confirm that they fully believe that club players should be presented with a fixtures schedule which gives certainty and regularity. To this end Connacht CCC issued all counties with the full Adult and Under Age Connacht GAA Programme for 2016 as early as 15th November 2015.
For all championships, except the Senior Inter County Championship and the Minor Football Final, all competitions had mandatory extra time.
After that the onus was on each county to determine their own county fixtures schedule to fit into and be ready for the Connacht GAA Competition. In planning a Fixtures schedule there is a responsibility on all counties to ensure that club players get a fair deal throughout the year.
Regarding the recent Intermediate Championship games between the Galway and Roscommon champions it is important to clarify a number of points;
- Connacht CCC, at its meeting on 6th October, acceded to a request from both Galway and Roscommon to bring forward the Preliminary Round of the Intermediate Football Championship by 1 day in order to avoid a clash with the Galway & Roscommon Senior Football Finals.
- Subsequently draws in the Intermediate Football and Hurling Finals in Roscommon and the inability of Roscommon CCC to get agreement from the clubs to play a replay mid-week and under lights created the possibility that Roscommon would not be represented in the Intermediate Football Championship.
- Negotiations between the Officers of Connacht CCC and the Monivea Abbey Club and Roscommon County Board paved the way for an agreement to play the game on the original date of 23rd October.
- On the morning of the game ( 11:13 am ) a conversation took place between the Roscommon County Secretary and the Provincial Secretary at which it was agreed that a minutes silence would be observed at the Roscommon County Final and the Connacht Intermediate Football game in honour of the late Frank Dennehy.
We wish to categorically deny that there was ever any request to Connacht CCC by the Roscommon County Board or Kilmore GAA Club to postpone the game because of the replay of the county Final or as a mark of respect to the President of Roscommon GAA and Kilmore Club, the late Frank Dennehy.
Kilmore Club has looked for certainty for our fixtures and Comhairle Chonnacht fully agrees with this and are fully committed to providing a Fixtures Schedule for our club and county teams which will be certain and adhered to.
Gearoid Mac Samhrain, Cathaoirleach CCC
Sean O Pronntaigh, Runai CCC
Kilmore’s plight received national recognition earlier this week and it will be interesting to see if any motion regarding the scheduling of Club fixtures will be put forward by Clubs to their County Conventions in December.