Friday 24 March 2017

Brennan calls on Leinster to go west and 'embrace Galway fully'

Gaelic Games

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Brennan was one of the main driving forces behind inviting Galway to move east during his term as Leinster Council chairman. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Brennan was one of the main driving forces behind inviting Galway to move east during his term as Leinster Council chairman. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Former GAA president Nickey Brennan has urged Leinster counties to drop their refusal to travel to Galway for senior hurling championship games.

And he also wants them to allow Galway minor and U-21 teams play in the Leinster Championship.

"I just don't understand why Leinster counties continue to object to playing in Galway or why their underage teams aren't allowed into the Leinster championship," said Brennan.

"In my view, not embracing Galway fully into Leinster is a case of looking at things through a very narrow set of glasses."

Brennan was one of the main driving forces behind inviting Galway to move east during his term as Leinster Council chairman and carried on his support for the idea when he took over as president in 2006.

Galway seniors eventually entered the Leinster championship in 2009, but have since played all their games east of the Shannon, a situation that will continue next season.

Hardline

Leinster counties are steadfastly refusing to enter home-and-away arrangements with Galway, who have played 23 games over the past eight seasons in Croke Park (7), Tullamore and Portlaoise (6 each), Mullingar (3) and Nowlan Park.

Meanwhile, requests for their underage teams to play in Leinster have been rejected.

Brennan was disappointed to see Leinster take such a hardline approach.

"As far as I'm concerned, Galway should be in Leinster lock, stock and barrel," said the Kilkenny man.

"The hurling family should do all it can to work together in everyone's interest. A big Leinster hurling match in Pearse Stadium would be a great occasion in Galway. They're entitled to it.

"Counties go to Galway to play League games so why not for the Leinster Championship? It makes no sense."

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