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Saturday 19 April 2014

No country for young men

GAA can't field teams because our youth is leaving seeking work

ONE of North Cork's biggest GAA clubs could lose up to a quarter of its intermediate panel this year due to emigration.

The chairman of Charleville GAA club, Mike Walsh, told The Corkman that as many as six players from the panel could be forced to leave the country to find work over the coming months.

"These are lads that will be leaving college this year, but there are no jobs for them at home. We have been building up the underage squad in the hope that they would move into the senior panel. However, it looks increasingly likely that many of these lads will have to move away to find work," said Mike.

He said that clubs across the region had experienced a "steady drain" of players over recent years, forcing some smaller clubs to consider amalgamating in order to field full teams.

"Meanwhile, our politicians, who do not seem to live in the same world as the rest of us, do not seem to realise the wider devastation that is being caused to communities because of emigration," said Mike.

"Young guys want to work and if they don't find jobs at home they will move away. It's as simple as that."

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