MAYO GAA Board will ask the GAA’s national Competitions Control Committee to set aside one weekend in May, June and July for club championship matches throughout the country.
“We want the CCC to standardise the calendar nationally,” Mayo GAA Bord na nÓg chairman Con Moynihan told last Thursday meeting. “[We should] have days that are sacrosanct in the calendar for club players.”
County Board chairman Mike Connelly agreed, saying: “To keep clubs alive, we need meaningful football in June, July and August”. They were speaking about the revised format being proposed for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship by the GAA’s Director-General Páraic Duffy.
Mayo’s Central Council delegate Seán Mac Éil said the proposals were ‘worth considering’, and suggested that falling attendances meant the championship ‘could do with a revamp’. He denied that money was the motivating factor behind the proposals.
“We can’t end up in conflict with our own players,” warned Ardnaree’s Johnnie O’Malley, while Kevin McDonnell (Kilmaine) asked if people are ‘getting fed up’ of watching sub-standard, poor football, adding: “The product itself is in real trouble, not the format”.
Michael Diskin (Castlebar Mitchels) said the 13-day rule is being ignored, and that inter-county managers are ‘dictating when club games are played’.
Peter Geraghty (Swinford) said there had only been three games worth watching in this year’s championship, saying the standard in Leinster was ‘brutal’ and games in Connacht were ‘no good’.