Tuesday 28 March 2017

Cavan defend timing of games

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CAVAN County Board have defended their decision to go ahead with two inter-county games last weekend within hours of the funeral of local legend Mick Higgins.

The board delayed the two games involving the Cavan senior and U-21 football teams against Longford, but their decision to go ahead with them so close to the burial of the county's most beloved footballer has attracted some criticism locally.

Cavan PRO Declan Woods stressed yesterday that the board had kept the Higgins family informed at all times of the match arrangements and that they had received their approval.

The Cavan U-21s played in the Hastings Cup final at Longford Slashers on Saturday at 3.30, where the county seniors played Longford in a challenge match at the same time.

Woods said that the seniors were due to play in Dromard at 12.30 and the U-21 game was originally fixed for 2.0 but that both were moved to the later time and same venue to facilitate Higgins' funeral (at noon in Virginia) and also as a mark of respect to him.

"Both boards felt that because of the huge contribution that Mick Higgins made to us that it was only right and proper that no game should be played until he was laid to rest," Woods said.

"There was a huge presence from both boards at his funeral on Saturday and representatives of both counties were involved in the guard of honour at his removal on Friday night," he added.

Woods said he was aware that some disquiet had been registered on an internet message board but said he felt that those who were critical were not aware of the efforts of the board to move the pre-arranged matches and to ensure that their arrangements were sensitive to the Higgins family and met with their approval.

Irish Independent

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