Thursday 26 April 2018

Nemo ecumenism deserves far better

Eamonn Sweeney

Nemo Rangers are a model GAA club. They are, for one thing, the most successful football club in the Association's history, their seven All-Ireland titles not merely more than any other club but more than any county other than Cork has managed to achieve.

They've achieved that success by playing a hugely attractive brand of football with the emphasis on speed and skill. Since breaking through for the first time in Cork in 1972, they have amassed a record 17 county titles and 14 provincial ones.

Off the field, Nemo possess a state-of-the-art training facility at Trabeg which includes four full-sized Astroturf outdoor pitches and one indoor one. And it is the very excellence of these facilities which has landed the club in bother with the GAA.

Back in February, the Irish rugby team were unable to train outdoors in Cork because their chosen venue was frozen. Nemo offered a helping hand and Declan Kidney's men trained indoors at Trabeg.

Now the GAA's Management Committee have asked the Cork County Board to investigate this unwarranted act of ecumenism and bellicose noises have been made about the necessity of clubs keeping to the letter of the law which states that only GAA sports may be played on the association's property.

The problem is that the GAA has made huge money from renting out Croke Park to the Irish rugby and soccer teams in recent years so the hierarchy will look like a bunch of hypocrites should they punish clubs for doing the same thing.

Sunday Independent

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