Sunday 25 February 2018

Timeline of the dispute

October 2009

Limerick County Board back Justin McCarthy to continue as manager. It later emerges that McCarthy has dropped a dozen high-profile players off his panel for 2010 without telling most of them. He publicly indicates that a lack of player discipline and commitment was his motivation.

November 2009

Damien Reale and James Ryan quit the panel and Reale does an interview lambasting McCarthy for his handling of the situation. County chairman Liam Lenihan apologises for the fact that players were not contacted directly but five more leave.

December 2009

Despite this, club delegates pass a vote of confidence in McCarthy on a 70-54 count. They also ratify the appointment of a new selector, John Tuohy. Another four players withdraw.

January 2010

The 24 players who have left or been dropped release a detailed statement refuting McCarthy's claims of indiscipline and also criticise the county board's handling of the affair.

February 2010

GAA president Christy Cooney confirms that Croke Park will not be intervening because the players will clearly not move from their stance of refusing to play for McCarthy.

March 2010

One of the 2009 panel -- James O'Brien -- returns, but within days the rest of the exiles reiterate their stance and allege that officials have been putting pressure on young players to return.

As Limerick lose their third NHL game in a row, the necessary quota of clubs (five) apply for an emergency county board meeting but their applications are refused because they are procedurally incorrect. Within a week Adare, Ahane, Croom, Garryspillane and Patrickswell have re-submitted their requests for a meeting, set for Tuesday, March 23.

Limerick suffer their fourth and worst defeat of the NHL; a 22-point trouncing by Tipperary. County secretary Mike O'Riordan refutes 2009 captain Mark Foley's claims that one young player was offered a job if he went back and that clubs are being coerced on how to vote. O'Riordan also stresses that prominent Limerick GAA sponsor JP McManus has never tried to intervene in any board matter.

Irish Independent

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