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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Clubs are 'fabric of rural Ireland'

THE GOVERNMENT must do more to preserve the fabric of rural Ireland.

That's the view of the outgoing Secretary of the Sligo County Board, Padraig Duffy.

In his report to next Tuesday night's annual Convention he said: "Our rural population is decling through migration and emigration."

"People are forced to travel in pursuit of employment with the consequent adverse effects on our clubs," Mr. Duffy added.

He said that many well-educated, talents young people, many of whom had returned to college, would be forced to seek employment abroad, unless the economy showed dramatic improvement.

"Where will this leave our club's in the future ?" he asked.

"Nobody can predict the future, but we all hope that our Association which has become a very positive influence in every parish since 1884 will continue to prosper," the outgoing Secretary said.

Elsewhere, financial statements will show that team expenses in 2012 totalled €400,433, compared to €328,219 in 2011.

The overall accounts showed a profit of €605, compared to a loss of €78, 739 last year.

There are two nominations for the position of Chairperson, with Joe Queenan set for a contest with the outgoing Cyril Feehily.

Among the motions is one from Shamrock Gaels calling on the C.C.C. to investigate the possibility of reverting the senior and intermediate championships to the previous format of three groups of four.

Naomh Mhuire are also proposing that the senior championship revert to four groups of three.

Naomh Mhuire are further proposing that all county players will in future be available for all club matches and that one of the Games Promotions Officers be deployed full-time to the urban area.

Eastern Harps have tabled a motion seeking to have all players on the county senior panel made available to their clubs for a minimum of six league games.

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