Sport Hurling

Sunday 22 April 2018

Galway seek just rewards after move pays off for Leinster

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

GALWAY are looking for a financial return for helping to boost Leinster Council's coffers by making their senior hurling championship a more lucrative product.

County hurling bosses are meeting Leinster officials later this month to discuss their status in the province, including the possibility of their minors and U-21s following their seniors and moving across the Shannon for championship competition.

They will be looking for a cut of Leinster's profits to help them with coaching and games development, especially if the move is to be extended to their underage teams.

Galway hurling chairman Joe Byrne said there is strong support in the county now for such a move, but he stressed that the Tribesmen would need money to offset the expense of doing so.

"We really need to have a chat with them about the whole financial contribution of Leinster to Galway, to help make sure it viable for us," Byrne said.

"Galway being there was worth a lot of money to the Leinster Council coffers last year, we'd like to see some bit of payback financially to help us," he revealed.

"We don't have the backing of Leinster Council even to give us funding for coaching and games (development); that is a problem," Byrne added.

On the back of Dublin's NHL success, Leinster have already switched the Dublin/Offaly SHC match on May 29 from Parnell to Croke Park to maximise attendance and they are expected to announce special ticket packages next week for all of their SHC and SFC games this summer.

Dublin defender Ross O'Carroll (above) has suffered another injury set-back, lasting just two minutes for Leinster champions Kilmacud in their county SFC opening-round victory over St Mary's Saggart due to a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

Elsewhere, former hurlers Nicky English, Martin Storey and Richie Bennis and footballers Matt Connor and Martin McHugh were inducted into the Cadbury's Gaelic Writers' Association Hall of Fame last night.

Journalists Jim Carney (Galway) and Johnny Murphy (Waterford) also received lifetime achievement awards and Tipperary's Ger Ryan was recognised as the GAA's PRO of the year.

Irish Independent

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