Friday 26 May 2017

Probe into Irish rugby use of Nemo facilities on cards

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE GAA are set to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Irish rugby team's use of facilities in the Nemo Rangers club grounds after admitting they were not aware of the move prior to the session.

Rule 5.1 states that "all property including grounds, clubhouses, halls, dressing-rooms and handball alleys owned or controlled by units of the Association shall be used only for the purpose of, or in connection with, the playing of games controlled by the Association".

Declan Kidney's side were forced to move their session to the indoor facility because PBC Cork's Wilton Grounds were frozen.

However, whether any rules were broken remains to be seen, as Nemo said that the Trabeg Sports Centre in which the Irish team trained was connected to a "separate commercial operator" attached to the club. They also confirmed that the Munster rugby side and its academy were regular visitors to the facility.

A GAA spokesperson told the Irish Independent: "We were not aware of the session beforehand. The matter will be discussed at the next management meeting in March."

The rule was relaxed to allow the playing of soccer and rugby at Croke Park. However, that derogation did not apply to other GAA venues.

Irish Independent

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