Friday 31 October 2014

Exiles sacrifice new boots to pay for Ireland trip

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

27 July 2013; Lorcan Mulvey, London. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 4, London v Cavan, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
London captain Lorcan Mulvey says the Exiles were determined to do 'whatever is necessary' to make the training trip to Ireland in May ahead of their Galway clash later in the month. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

London's footballers, who made history by reaching the Connacht SFC final last summer, have agreed to go without new boots in order to help pay for a training trip to Ireland in a week's time.

The cost of their trip on May 3-4 is estimated at close to €16,000 and the panel have agreed to give up their boot entitlement from the county board (valued at over €3,500) to help pay for it.

They could still get their boot vouchers later in the season, provided the London board and manager Paul Coggins bring team expenditure in under budget.

London captain Lorcan Mulvey said they're willing to give up their boot allowance if it means they can prepare properly for their Connacht SFC quarter-final with Galway on May 25.

"We all know how important the trip to Ireland is and we'll do whatever is necessary to go on it," Mulvey said. "I spoke to a few of the senior players and we just feel that the trip is more important to us than a pair of boots."

Elsewhere, 2,000 tickets for the Ulster SFC quarter-final between Derry and Donegal have sold out in record time.

Ulster Council put them for sale online well in advance of the May 25 game in Celtic Park and even they were surprised at how quickly they sold out. But they have stressed that the vast majority of tickets for the game will still be distributed, as normal, through their county boards in the coming weeks.

Cork County Board got good news yesterday when planning permission was given for their €67m redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Irish Independent

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