Portlaoise chosen as Championship venue

LOUTH will travel to Portlaoise to play Carlow in the quarter-final of the Leinster Senior Football Championship.

LOUTH will travel to Portlaoise to play Carlow in the quarter-final of the Leinster Senior Football Championship.

The game, which has been scheduled for June 12 will take place in the same venue that Louth started their Championship odyssey last year.

Against Longford, the Wee County got their campaign under way with a 1-11 to 1-07 win over the Slashers thanks to a Shane Lennon goal.

Des Halpenny announced at the February County Board meeting, held in Cooley Kickhams clubhouse, that Leinster Council had officially announced O’Moore Park as the venue.

It was also announced that Louth’s Under-21 management panel were unsuccessful in their attempt to move their Under-21 Leinster Championship clash from Wednesday, February 21 to Friday, February 23. Wexford have players involved in the Fitzgivens Cup and a change of date would not suit them.

Mr Halpenny also revealed who the Louth Championship winners will play in the AIB Leinster Championship series.

Louth’s senior champions will travel away from home to face the champions of Laois, whilst the Intermediate champions will face their Meath counterparts at home. The Junior Championship winners will have an away trip to Wexford, whilst the hurlers will also be away, to Meath.

Mr Halpenny also put an issue to bed that cropped up at the end of the year in 2010 and that was the issue between the O’Connells and Clan na Gael.

O’Connells had fielded an ineligible player in their O’Connor Roofing Louth Division One game against the Clans, but when the Castletown club lodged an appeal, they had parts of their cheque in English, something which is not allowed by Croke Park. As a result, the Clans lost their appeal and the O’Connells kept the points for the game.

Mr Halpenny brought the issue to Croke Park after delegates wanted a definitive resolution on whether cheques had to be fully written in Gaeilge.

Croke Park’s response is that all cheques in the future must be written fully in Gaelige.

Transfers

TWO transfers were rescinded at the meeting after two clubs showed a display of fair play, allowing players to return to clubs.

Ryan Larkin, a 17-year-old Sean O’Mahony’s player had requested a transfer to Dundalk Young Irelands over the Christmas period, one that was sanctioned by the CCC.

However, over the Christmas period, the player had a change of heart and wanted to stay with the O’Mahony’s.

Pat O’Brien appealed to the County Board and to delegates for a bit of fair play and to allow the player to remain with his club, the O’Mahony’s.

O’Brien added that he appealed to the Minor Board before the transfers were sanctioned, only to find out later that the Louth County Board CCC would be looking after transfers.

He said that Dundalk Young Irelands did nothing in the wrong and that it was a fault of the O’Mahony’s. The matter looked set to go to a vote, until a letter from the player was read out by Chairman O’Connor, stating his intent to stay with the O’Mahony’s. It was also revealed that his parents wanted him to stay with the Point Road outfit.

After this, Kieran Maguire, representing the Young Irelands withdrew their objection and allowed the player to go back to the O’Mahony’s.

O’Brien thanked the Young Irelands for their understanding.

Along with Larkin, another transfer was changed, that of Alan Smyth’s from Oliver Plunketts to Newtown Blues. At the time, the transfer was refused, but on the night, the player’s father spoke on his son’s behalf, saying he and they were very disappointed with the decision and hopes that it can be overturned. The Plunketts withdrew their objection and the transfer was allowed. Des Halpenny stated in the future that juvenile transfers will need to be accompanied by a letter of consent signed by their parents.

Finance

In finance news from the meeting, it was revealed that all clubs have now signed up to the Club Contribution Scheme of €200 per month. However, four clubs have still to sign up to the Darver Fund, with a €11,300 sum still to be collected from this quartet. So far, eight clubs have signed up to the County Board’s car draw iniaitive and prices for the Allianz League games in Drogheda this year will be €10 for adults and €5 for children, OAPs and students. Anthony Hoey on the night asked why Louth’s game with Westmeath was the only game in the country that was postponed on Sunday last and that an alternative ground should have been found.

However Padraic O’Connor said that the board made every effort to find a suitable venue, but all pitches were left unplayable. O’Connor thanked the efforts that people in clubs made, but the decision had to be made early as Westmeath were travelling for the game.

Fixtures

It was also announced that Paddy Sheelan Cup and Kevin Mullen Shield games will commence the weekend of February 20 and that the CCC has already received 60 applications from clubs asking for weekends off for the forthcoming season. The draws for the Championship will take place at the end of the month.