Thursday 22 March 2018

Walsh in fresh bid to revive inter-provincial series

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The inter-provincial football and hurling championships may be on death row, but one of the competition's main advocates is determined that it should get another reprieve.

Railway Cup stalwart Noel Walsh has got his club Miltown Malbay to table a motion at next week's Clare convention to ask Congress to put together a task force to revive the competition.

The inter-pros were not played in 2010 and have no place on the calendar in 2011 either.

But Walsh, a long-time selector with Munster and a member of the last task force put together during Sean Kelly's presidency, says that the position taken by the GAA is not good enough.

Walsh wants a new task force convened with people interested in its revival -- such as Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and even ex-president Kelly himself -- involved.

"I know these are busy people, but they have the competition's interest at heart. The current president clearly has no interest in it," Walsh said.

The GAA have taken the view that because of falling attendances and a difficulty with placing it on the calendar, it is no longer a worthwhile entity. But Walsh is adamant that efforts have not been good enough.

"We put a task force together during Sean Kelly's presidency. We got 8,000 at Parnell Park, another 5,000 in Crossmaglen, we played it abroad and we got sponsorship for it. There is no reason why that can't be achieved again," he said.

At the same convention, Walsh will also seek to have the two-thirds majority required for rule change reduced to three-fifths, or 60pc.

However, Miltown Malbay did not succeed in getting this on with the list of other motions and Walsh intends seeking a suspension of standing orders to table it.

Irish Independent

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