Monday 19 March 2018

Tomás Mulcahy fumes over Dublin county board's 'outrageous' decision to play club games during heavy Tipp defeat

Tomas Mulcahy believes the Dublin hurlers were disrespected by their county board
Tomas Mulcahy believes the Dublin hurlers were disrespected by their county board Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork hurling legend Tomás Mulcahy has slammed the Dublin county board for playing 17 senior club hurling games on Saturday evening while the county's hurlers were doing battle with All-Ireland champions Tipperary.

The county board, who had described the decision to fix their All-Ireland SHC qualifier with Tipperary for Thurles as an 'insult to Dublin', scheduled a full round of league games while Ger Cunningham's charges were being humiliated at Semple Stadium.

The decision meant that 34 panels, officials and fans were unable to travel to Tipperary to stand behind their team on a dark day for hurling in the capital.

The decision infuriated three-time All-Ireland winner Mulcahy.

"I heard that in Thurles on Saturday evening and I was absolutely going mad over it. It was outrageous," he told Game On on RTE 2FM.

"I had a conversation with one of the Dublin lads and asked if the match was in Limerick, how many Dublin supporters would travel. He said around 600.

"To hear that they put on matches in Dublin. I think it is massive disrespect to Ger Cunningham and the Dublin hurling team.

"I think it was an absolute disgrace. I don't think it would happen anywhere else. That you had matches played when the county game was on in Thurles.

"It wouldn't happen with the Dublin footballers.

"I was really upset and annoyed about it."

Cunningham's three-year reign with the Dubs appears to be over and Mulcahy believes the absence of very talented ex-players is one of the key problems.

"Have Dublin fielded the best team? I don't think they have done that. There are players that should be playing for Dublin," he added.

Cuala's All-Ireland winning coach Mattie Kenny, current Waterford manager Derek McGrath, former boss Anthony Daly and Kilkenny legend DJ Carey are being tipped as contenders to be the next man at the helm with the Dublin hurlers.


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