Ulster GAA backs Cavan and Fermanagh's rejection of hurling league proposal

December 01, 2023

Fermanagh's Daniel Teague with Caoimhin Carney of Cavan ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ulster Council has backed the stance of two of its counties to reject the proposal which would see them removed from the Allianz Hurling League.

Five counties - Leitrim, Fermanagh, Cavan, Louth and Longford - are facing the prospect of being excluded from the 2025 league if the proposal is adopted at tomorrow's Central Council meeting. 

The thinking behind the proposal is that counties with fewer than five clubs in it would no longer partake in the league competition, but will instead receive money to help grow the sport from grassroots.

Cavan and Fermanagh have both shown strong opposition against the proposal and, in a statement released yesterday, the Ulster Council says it “unanimously” backs the call from its two counties.

“At its November Coisti Bainistí meeting, Ulster GAA unanimously supported the call by our two counties, Fermanagh and Cavan, for the proposals on weaker hurling counties to be rejected," the statement read.

“Ulster GAA wishes to commend both counties for working diligently with their small base of hurling volunteers to develop sustainable hurling structures and the important steps taken to grow the game with their respective units.

“We acknowledge that this conversation originated to bring to the fore an acceptance for the need to grow the game and ensure its long-term sustainably in weaker counties. Accordingly, the Ulster Hurling Development Committee will take the opportunity to further discussions on hurling resources within the province, to support and to help our counties realise their ambitions.”

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