Monday 23 April 2018

Cork board must go if people's revolution is to succeed

The end, as always, was swift and brutal. There is no easy way. But Gerald McCarthy was never going to go quietly into the night and he raged against the 'heroes' who stood steadfast against him.

All in all, you would have to say this has been a particularly sordid episode in Cork GAA history -- complete with allegations of sinister threats -- where Gerald McCarthy was one of the victims.

He set himself up as the keeper of the flame of amateurism and he railed against those who he identified as not representing the integrity of Cork hurling, while at the same time saying he would welcome the players back. It was always a dangerous route to travel. It tainted the character of players who at least on the surface did not deserve such a slur. Once clubs became mobilised, there was one inevitable outcome: the guillotine.

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