Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tier 2 teams will not be able to compete for the Liam MacCarthy Cup under revised congress motion

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Aogán Ó Fearghail during his Presidential address at the 2017 GAA Annual Congress at Croke Park, in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Aogán Ó Fearghail during his Presidential address at the 2017 GAA Annual Congress at Croke Park, in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Teams from the new 'Tier 2 championship' will no longer be able to compete for the Liam MacCarthy Cup if an amended CCCC/Central Council motion is passed at the GAA's Special Congress at Croke Park on September 30.

Under Motion 2 of the CCCC/Ard Chomhairle:

- The Munster and Leinster Championships will be run on a ‘Round-Robin’ basis with each county having two home and two away games. The counties finishing in the top two places in each provincial group will play in their respective provincial final.

- The third placed team in each Province shall replace the two teams currently coming from the All-Ireland Qualifier Series, which will be eliminated, with those teams meeting the beaten provincial finalists on a cross-provincial basis.

- The winners of the new Tier 2 Championship shall replace the bottom team in the Leinster or Munster Championships, as appropriate, in the following year.

- The new Tier 2 Championship will involve the four counties currently in the Leinster Championship Qualifier and two other counties based on finishing positions in 2017 championships.

- The Tier 2 Championship will be run on a ‘Round-Robin’ basis with the teams finishing in the top two places playing in the championship final. The winners qualify to play in the Liam MacCarthy Cup in the following year.

- Participants in the Christy Ring/Nicky Rackard/Lory Meagher Cups  will be based on finishing positions in 2017 Championships.

Under the original motion proposed in June, the teams in the provincial qualifier group are competing to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup, but not a provincial title.

In 2018 the provincial qualifier group would consist of Laois, Westmeath, Kerry, Antrim, and Carlow, with the top two from that group contesting a Tier 2 final.

The winner of that final would replace the team that finishes last in the Leinster Championship, which next year will feature Galway, Offaly, Wexford, Kilkenny and Dublin.

The full list of proposed motions can be viewed here.

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