Sunday 20 October 2019

Cork County Board secretary Frank Murphy to remain on for one more year

Long-serving Cork secretary Frank Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile
Long-serving Cork secretary Frank Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Frank Murphy is to remain as secretary of the Cork County Board for one more year, with the position to be advertised at the end of June.

At last night’s board meeting in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh, members of the media were asked to leave for a segment of the agenda which had been referred to as ‘staffing matters’. Earlier, Freemount delegate John O’Flynn had questioned why a process for the appointment of a new secretary was not circulated to clubs, as had been intimated at the last meeting four weeks ago. Chairman Ger Lane responded that he would deal with the issue during the part of the meeting which was to be closed to the press.

Elsewhere, Murphy (above) revealed that the next two Cork-Tipperary Munster senior hurling finals will take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. With the provincial hurling competition changing to a round-robin format from next year, the counties’ home-and-away arrangement will apply to finals and Tipp ‘owe’ Cork two games as the teams met in Semple Stadium in the past two seasons while Páirc Uí Chaoimh was being redeveloped.

By the same token, the next Cork-Limerick Munster hurling final will take place at the Gaelic Grounds. With uncertainty over Waterford’s home venue, Murphy indicated there is a chance Cork’s game against them will be on neutral turf, most likely Thurles.

Meanwhile, in delivering his report from Central Council, Cork’s delegate Bob Ryan said Croke Park is aware of replica Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups in operation. The GAA is to examine legal channels to prosecute under trademark infringement regulations.

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