Thursday 29 September 2016

GPA report calls for greater promotion of Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups

Published 08/12/2015 | 13:53

Kerry players celebrate winning the Christy Ring Cup this year
Kerry players celebrate winning the Christy Ring Cup this year

A report commissioned by the GPA and carried out by former Cork boss Donal O'Grady has called for a number of changes to how the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups are run.

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A more competitive Christy Ring Cup, a dedicated promotions officer and a promotional campaign to raise the profile of the competitions were among a number of recommendations put forward.

The reports suggests that players are committed to the tournaments but are anxious for further promotion of the games.

Greater media coverage of the tournaments to enhance the profile of hurling in the participating counties was also seen as extremely important.

Donal O'Grady said: “The Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups are the All-Irelands for the various teams involved. These are the elite hurlers of almost 20 counties and the players give great commitment,” he stated.

“They see the success of these Cups as being very important for the future of hurling in their areas and they want these competitions to help drive progress and develop the games to the highest standards possible. Live television coverage by TG4 was a big boost for the teams in the finals this year and hopefully it will continue in the years ahead,” O’Grady concluded.

GPA Chief Executive Officer Dessie Farrell added: “The GPA asked Donal (O’Grady) to carry out research into the three hurling competitions, to talk to the players, to county boards, development officers, Croke Park and members of the media. The promotion of the Ring, Rackard and Meagher competitions is an essential component for the development of hurling nationwide and it was very important to listen to what the players had to say.

“I’d like to thank Donal and his team of Niall Ó Muineacháin, Padraig McHugh, Ciaran Clifford, Michael Ennis, Paul Sheehan and the late Shane Mulholland who died tragically earlier this year. I’d also like to thank the GAA and the various media outlets who helped inform Donal’s report.”

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