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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bord na Mona to sponsor O'Byrne Cup

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

For the first time ever the Leinster Council's pre-season subsidiary competitions will have a sponsor.

Bord na Mona's sponsorship of the O'Byrne Cup will be unveiled on Monday and the company will also sponsor the Walsh and Kehoe Cups.

The O'Byrne Cup's profile has soared since inter-county competitions were fixed for the one calendar year.

Other provinces have attracted sponsorship for their pre-season competitions, FBD in Conancht and Gaelic Life in Ulster for the McKenna Cup, but the O'Byrne Cup has easily drawn the biggest crowds of the four provinces over the years.

Meanwhile, Laois are reporting a surplus €97,819 for 2011 which represents a healthy balance sheet, that would be the envy of the majority of struggling County Boards.

Elsewhere, Leinster Council's hearings committee will hear appeals from two Louth clubs next week against an instruction to finish the final seven minutes of their intermediate relegation play-off which wasn't played because of a power failure.

Naomh Fionbarra, who had a player sent off, were leading Oliver Plunketts, who were also down to 14 men, when the floodlights at Clogherhead failed.

By the time the problem was resolved some players from Drogheda club Naomh Fionbarra had changed and left the ground, so they didn't have sufficient numbers to finish it out.

The prospect of a recommendation to allow both teams to remain in intermediate football in 2012 to avoid the embarrassment of either a seven-minute match or even a rematch is on the cards.

The referee declared in his report that the result at the time of the power failure should stand, but the Louth hearings committee decreed that the remaining seven minutes of the game should be played.

That decision has bemused GAA officials and the appeals are likely to throw up a different result.

Leinster Council officials have confirmed that they have received appeals against this bizarre refixture.

There is no specific rule that governs the failure of floodlights, but matches that are abandoned because of serious injury are normally replayed.

In this case, the referee doesn't appear to have abandoned the game.

Irish Independent

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