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Amalgamations clearly a hot and emotive topic

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Fergal Reel's Naomh Mairtin face Netown Blues in the tie of the weekend.

Fergal Reel's Naomh Mairtin face Netown Blues in the tie of the weekend.

Fergal Reel's Naomh Mairtin face Netown Blues in the tie of the weekend.

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Lots of reaction (both positive and negative) to last weeks piece on amalgamations at juvenile level. Some felt it was a case of sour grapes on my behalf because Glen Emmets were beaten in both the U17 competitions by amalgamated outfits while others were in agreement that the criteria to determine which clubs or how many clubs can amalgamate needs to be looked at.

As far as I’m aware the current process involves clubs getting together themselves and bringing their amalgamation proposal to the Minor Board for approval. Rather than being reactive to this process, some are wondering could the Minor Board be more proactive. Is it possible the Board could present ‘amalgamation opportunities’ to those clubs who are interested in joining together? Foireann, the GAA’s new online management system, which we’ve all become very familiar with over the last 12 months, holds registration details for all juvenile member in every club. At the touch of a button you can instantly see what playing numbers are each age group in every club in the county. The Minor Board could use this information to present amalgamation opportunities to interested parties in advance of the season starting. This process would mean that only those clubs who are short on numbers would be eligible for amalgamation.


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