Monday 28 May 2018

Meath unwilling to travel to Portlaoise for final

There is also concern over the potential condition of the pitch in the current weather conditions. Stock photo/Sportsfile
There is also concern over the potential condition of the pitch in the current weather conditions. Stock photo/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A request by Meath - with the blessing of their opponents Westmeath - to have the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup final switched to Cusack Park in Mullingar on Sunday has been turned down by Leinster Council.

As a consequence, the Meath management are understood to be weighing up their options with regard to fulfilling the fixture which is to take place in Portlaoise on Sunday at 4pm.

The match couldn't go ahead in Navan because there is already an All-Ireland club hurling semi-final fixed for Páirc Tailteann.

But the Royals were willing to travel to Mullingar and had spoken to the Westmeath management on the issue.

There is also concern over the potential condition of the pitch in the current weather conditions as the final, which is being played in Portlaoise to accommodate live coverage by TG4, has a game is preceding it.

The All-Ireland intermediate semi-final between An Ghaeltacht and Moy throws in at 2pm and will also be televised live by TG4.

A Mullingar fixture would draw a crowd in the region of 4,000 and be more convenient for both sets of supporters. But Leinster GAA agreed to a request from TG4 and notice went out about the venue on January 4.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny have re-appointed former minor hurling team manager Richie Mulrooney to the same job after a break of six years.

Mulrooney enjoyed a good run when he last managed the minors between 2008 and 2010, during which period the Noresiders claimed two All-Ireland MHC titles.

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