Rugby playing havoc with county final throw-ins
Ireland's progress to Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final at lunchtime has caused significant upheaval this weekend.
Local competitions control committees have been busy re-arranging times and, in the case of two counties, re-arranging days to avoid clashing with Ireland's 1.00 kick-off against Argentina on what is one of the busiest days on the club calendar.
Meath are moving their senior final between Navan O'Mahony's and Na Fianna, preceded by the junior final between Curraha and Dunsany, from Sunday to the Bank Holiday Monday eight days later.
The board have not publicly stated the reasons for the change but clearly a desire to maximise attendance by avoiding a clash with the rugby fixture this Sunday and a potential 4.00 semi-final against Australia or Wales the following Sunday was at the heart of the decision.
With the floodlights in Pairc Tailteann currently out of use, the option of a delayed throw-in time this Sunday was curtailed.
Wexford have brought their football final and intermediate hurling final forward by 24 hours to avoid the clash. The St Martin's/St James' football decider will throw in at 4.00 in Innovate Wexford Park with the Naomh Eanna/Crossabeg/Ballyburn IHC final at 2.00.
Wexford's hurling semi-finals were played on Sunday and the attendance was down on what they might have expected.
Cork's football final between Nemo Rangers and Castlehaven has gone back to 5.00 in Pairc Ui Rinn, where the floodlights can be switched on. Cork brought the starting time for their hurling final forward by 45 minutes to 3.15 on Sunday last to avoid a direct collision with Ireland v France.
Changes have also been made in Kildare, Laois and Offaly, while Roscommon's football final between Clan na Gael - managed by former Dublin star Paul Curran - and Padraig Pearses, who have former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran at the helm, will start at 4.00. Roscommon PRO Colm Beirne said the Roscommon final generally has had 4.00 throw-ins in recent years.
Supporters of Portlaoise and Emo will have plenty time to watch the rugby and get to O'Moore Park for what is now a 5.15 throw-in for the Laois football final, while Athy and Sarsfields will lock horns at 4.00 in Kildare.
Offaly have put their hurling final in O'Connor Park in Tullamore back to 4.00 with the minor decider on at 2.15pm.
Donegal were due to discuss the timing of their final between St Eunan's and Naomh Conaill last night but a 4.00 throw-in looks like remaining in place.