Tuesday 24 April 2018

Kildare inter-pro snub hard to figure

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

How times have changed in Gaelic football allegiances. There was a time when it was a great honour for a player to be selected on a panel for the old Railway Cup competitions, now called the inter-provincials.

This week we learned that seemingly none of the Kildare footballers were willing to play for Leinster in yesterday's semi-final against Connacht. A good example of the phrase 'eaten bread is soon forgotten.'

Over the years, many famous Kildare players felt honoured to play for Leinster because the team represented the best performers from this 12-county province.

Kildare legends such as Jack Donnolly, Larry Tompkins, Paddy O'Donoghue, Glen Ryan, Shay Fahy, John Crofton, Anthony Rainbow and, in earlier times, Mick Geraghty and Sean Brennan have all graced this competition in the past.

They were all proud to represent their county in Leinster's colours, but apparently the present-day players are not.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney was at pains to point out that he did not prevent any of his players playing for Leinster, so we must assume that it was the individual players who spurned the call-up from provincial manager Pat Gilroy.

Believe it or not, there are still many great footballers who would dearly love to play for their province, but do not get the chance.

Irish Independent

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