Friday 23 February 2018

Athleague incensed at Armagh 'waste' disposal

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

TOILET humour is proving no laughing matter in Athleague following an unsavoury incident after last Sunday's Roscommon-Armagh NHL clash at the Roscommon venue.

The Athleague club have complained that the contents from the toilet on the Armagh team bus were released outside the club's grounds after the Division 2B clash, which Armagh won by seven points.

Earlier, Armagh were unhappy with the condition of the dressing-rooms, claiming that the showers were cold and that other facilities were below the norm for an inter-county game.

Newer dressing-rooms were available but Athleague insist that they were told on Sunday morning to open the old dressing-rooms.

Athleague are now incensed over the series of events which unfolded, pointing out that they are hugely proud of the facilities at a ground which earned an accolade in 2010.

The ground is used for all Roscommon NHL games and has hosted many Connacht club games – including finals – over the years.

In a statement, Athleague explained that the new dressing-rooms were available for the encounter, with all facilities in working order.

"On Sunday, a request was made by the Roscommon County Hurling Committee that they wanted to use the old dressing-rooms," they said in the statement.

"This last-minute change was not the fault of our club. No official from our club told Armagh to proceed to the old dressing-rooms and we are unaware as to why they did as the new facilities were available.

"No request, query or complaint from Armagh was made to any of our club officials on Sunday. They have played in our grounds previously and are fully aware of our fine facilities in the new dressing-rooms.

"We take great pride in our facilities and we hold our heads high in hurling circles in our county and province."

Irish Independent

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