Club manager threatens intercounty boycott over player availability
Kilmurry Ibrickane manager Aidan Moloney is threatening to withdraw his club's players from the Clare Senior Football squad if the players are not made available on a year-round basis.
Kilmurry won the Cusack Cup on Sunday with a 0-14 to 0-11 final victory over St Joseph’s Miltown and after the match Moloney took the opportunity to revisit a scheduling conflict earlier in the season where Kilmurry refused to play a Cusack Cup match without their county players which resulted in a walkover awarded against them.
“At the end of the day we’ll take control of our players from now on and if our players are not available, they will be available full-time to us from now on," Moloney told local radio station Clare FM.
“And somebody better make structures that suit that because we’ll withdraw our players from the county if they’re not allowed play Cusack Cup for us. That’s fairly clear.
"We're here in the heart of west Clare trying to keep the club alive and we have a county board that is not helping out in any way.
"[They're] calling off matches and allowing walkovers without county players. We're in a position that we're not going to play in the future, our club won't play in the future, and I should hope that other clubs won't go down the road of making the Cusack Cup like the John Gorman Cup... a meaningless competition.
"We basically have only two competitions at this point in time and we have great respect because of our record in the Cusack Cup. But I think the county board is not giving us that respect and I think the other clubs now need to stand up, especially these clubs that took walkovers and went off and put their head in the sand.
"It's a short term goal for a long term loss because club football is going to die in Clare if the Cusack Cup is allowed to go down the road of the Clare Cup.
"It's become a habit that teams in the Clare Cup play without their county players and we're not willing to go down that road."
Kilmurry Ibrickane's Martin McMahon and Keelan Sexton both featured on the Clare panel this year while Moiloney won a Munster senior medal with the Bannermen in 1992.