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Inter-pros will survive

THE GAA inter-provincial championships have taken some heavy knocks over the years but they refuse to go down, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.

Last Saturday's Central Council meeting deferred a decision on the future of competitions on which there are two distinct schools of thought. One favours their abolition while the other is that they should be given a guaranteed place on the fixtures calendar and promoted vigorously.

Joe Kernan, John O'Mahony and John Conran were among those who argued for their retention last week. There was a fair degree of support for them at Central Council, which opted to postpone a decision on their future until the next meeting.

Meanwhile, Central Council also decided to back the proposed €8.5m deal between Croke Park and the GPA.

  • Saturday's Dr McKenna Cup final between Tyrone and Derry was postponed due to the death of Patrick Harte, brother of Tyrone manager Mickey.

The death came just a month after Mickey Harte's daughter Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius. The Ulster Council has announced no new date as yet.

Irish Independent