Tuesday 21 October 2014

Limerick hurling fan stalls Junior A final with sit-in protest

Published 07/06/2014 | 19:43

Hammy Dawson during his sit-in protest

St. Patrick’s GAA clubman Hammy Dawson has launched a one-man sit-in protest ahead of the Limerick City Junior A hurling final between Na Piarsaigh and Crecora in Clarina.

Dawson is unhappy over the fact that his club were forced to give Crecora a walkover in last week's semi-final becauae eight members of the panel were on duty with Limerick's inter-county footballers.

"We asked for a postponement, offered to play today (Bank Holiday Monday) but they wouldn’t hear of it," he told the Limerick Leader this week.

"We were then forced into giving a walkover. Fixing that game made no sense but refusing to reschedule was worse, showed no respect for either hurling or football, certainly showed no respect for this club or for the players involved. We don’t blame Crecora, we blame the City Division board. They were wrong from day one to fix the match for that date.

"But if they try to go ahead with that I will lie in the middle of the pitch – that game will not take place. I’ll do everything I can physically to make sure of that. It’s a disgrace."

After two hours talking with gardai, Hammy Dawson called off his protest but his point was made.

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