Sunday 4 December 2016

Monaghan and Cavan in dock for breaking training camp ban

Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30

Monaghan and Cavan may have been in breach of GAA regulations regarding recent
training camps, it has emerged (Stock picture)
Monaghan and Cavan may have been in breach of GAA regulations regarding recent training camps, it has emerged (Stock picture)

Monaghan and Cavan may have been in breach of GAA regulations regarding recent training camps, it has emerged.

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Cavan are in Portugal this week fine-tuning their Ulster Championships preparations, while Monaghan returned home from the same country earlier this week after a five-day stint there.

Under rule counties are, by the letter of the law, only permitted to gather for such camps prior to the end of the their Allianz League division final in April or else within 13 days of a Championship game.

Both counties have fallen outside that window, with Cavan not meeting Armagh in their Ulster Championship opener against Armagh at Kingspan Breffni Park until Sunday, May 29 and Monaghan hosting Down a week later on Sunday, June 5.

The regulation was brought in some years ago to help to avoid conflict with club fixture programmes.

The GAA has been able to enforce this measure better than the winter training moratorium and counties generally observe it.

In 2010 Mayo were forced to pull out of a training camp to Portugal when John O'Mahony was manager and it was established that it fell outside the windows specified.

Kerry went to Portugal within 13 days of their Munster Championship semi-final against Tipperary last year for a five-day camp, while Meath and Mayo have plans to do the same ahead of their opening Championship games.

The Cork, Galway and Donegal footballers are among those who took the opportunity to travel during the League.

A fresh emphasis has been placed on creating more space for the club player under the GAA's current leadership.

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