Saturday 25 February 2017

Delaney on...

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

... Football

All-Ireland qualifiers

Introduced in 2001 to guarantee that every county got a minimum of two championship games.

Delaney: "The big winners have been the stronger counties and that's how it will always be."

All-Ireland Junior Championships

Introduced in 1912. Suspended in 1917-22 and 1942-45.

Abandoned in 1974 but reintroduced in 1983.

Most titles: Cork (15); Kerry (14).

2009 winners: Cork.

Delaney: "I don't sense there's any great interest in it among counties."

... Hurling

All-Ireland qualifiers

Introduced in 2002, they have undergone several changes since then.

Delaney: "The same principle applies as in football in that the strong counties benefit most from the qualifiers."

All-Ireland Intermediate C/ships

Introduced in 1961, they ran until 1973 when they were abandoned. Reintroduced in 1997.

Most titles: Cork (7); Tipperary (5).

2009 winners: Cork.

Delaney: "As with junior football, I don't think they add anything to the scene".

Division 3 & 4 National Leagues

Delaney: "I would question the value of leagues for counties that compete for the Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups."

Hurling/ Football Interprovincials

Introduced in 1927, they were hugely popular under the Railway Cup brand. Interest began to wane in the 1960s and they're now reliant for survival on the interest that players profess to have in them.

Most titles: Hurling: Munster (45); Football: Ulster (29). 2009 winners: Hurling: Leinster; Football: Ulster.

Delaney: "Their future is being examined so I won't make a comment but I think people know my views." (He has proposed their abolition in the past).

Shield & Special Competitions

"Do we need Shield games in pre-season competitions? Do we need special minor and U-21 competitions? In my opinion, no."

Irish Independent

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