Quill hopeful on assistance for New York's All-Ireland replay costs
Published 27/09/2011 | 05:00
THE president of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) Pat Quill has indicated that they are ready to help fund part of the estimated $30,000 bill for New York's trip to Ireland to replay their All-Ireland JFC final with Wicklow.
Last Sunday's clash between the sides finished in a draw, which means the Exiles will have to return on Sunday week, and while Quill admitted that the LGFA wouldn't be able to foot the entire trip, they hope provide some financial assistance.
"There's no doubt it is costly but our association are looking at the feasibility of providing them with some assistance and that has to be cleared by Central Council.
"We would love to be in a position to pay for their trip in full but we simply can't do that, we don't have those finances," he said.
Quill also rubbished suggestions New York would refuse to travel to Ireland again given the huge expense involved.
"I was talking to these girls and their team management and the management of the New York board on Sunday and they will be there. And they will make the necessary sacrifices to be there and that's why they deserve our support."
Some felt that extra-time should have been played given New York's unique status within the GAA, but Quill insisted that was never an option. New York will now travel to Ireland for the third time this year after winning their quarter and semi-final clashes on their first visit and last weekend's trip for the final.
They have already undertaken significant fundraising over the course of their campaign and manager Philip Sheridan revealed before yesterday's final in Croke Park that players and management have raised over $25,000 between them since April, with each club asked to raise an additional $2,000.
"It's such a big occasion that people deserve another day," said Quill. "This is an unusual circumstance in that New York are involved and the distance involved.
"It's great credit to the girls. This is what playing Gaelic football means to them. They had 12 girls who were born in New York so it shows you their great desire to play Gaelic football and they are an example to us all."
The intermediate final will also be replayed after Cavan and Westmeath couldn't be separated in Croke Park. That game will also be played on Sunday week, with the junior decider down to throw-in at 2.30pm on October 9 while the intermediate final is down for decision at 4.15.
The venue is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.