Death of the Interpros?

November 21, 2017

The Connacht team huddle before their Interprovincial SFC semi-final clash against Leinster in 2016.
©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

With Connacht confirming that they no longer intend to take part, the Interprovincial Series could be dead in the water.

This year's competition was scrapped in August after Connacht revealed that they would not be putting forward a team and - speaking to RTE this morning - their provincial council secretary John Prenty may have sounded the death knell for the competition formerly known as the Railway Cup:

"We feel it has run its course and we decided at the beginning of the year that we wouldn't compete this year. I don't think we'll take part again but what the other three provinces will do again I don't know."

The Railway Cup used to attract huge crowds in its prime and it was viewed as the ultimate honour for a player to represent his province. But it has struggled to find a place in the GAA calendar since the club finals took its traditional St Patricks Day slot.

Things got even worse when it was switched from February to December, with only 150 people attending last year's football final in Carrick-on-Shannon, where Pete McGrath's Ulster took the silverware.

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