Clonmore Harps walk out in protest

CLONMORE Harps’ delegates walked out of last Tuesday’s County Board meeting after no being allowed to discuss the matter the ongoing row regarding a league fixture with Birr on February 18 that was not played at the time.

CLONMORE Harps’ delegates walked out of last Tuesday’s County Board meeting after no being allowed to discuss the matter the ongoing row regarding a league fixture with Birr on February 18 that was not played at the time.

The matter was debated at the March meeting and at the April meeting a letter from Clonmore Harps outlining their continued disaffection with the situation in the wake of a CCC decision to replay the game in the interim was read out by Assistant Secretary Tommy Byrne who was sitting in for the absent Secretary Martin Boland.

In the letter Clonmore Harps outlined how their game with Birr was initially due to be played in Birr but the pitch was deemed unplayable. The letter claimed that when the game was then supposed to be switched to Clonmore, Birr claimed they would not be able to field a team, a point disputed by the Birr delegate on the night.

The letter further claimed that by rule, the game should automatically have switched to Clonmore and also questioned why it took six weeks to come to a decision. It also claimed that the decision was made ‘to favour a bigger club’.

The letter also called on the CCC to ‘reconsider their appointments’ if they were ‘not able to apply the rules’ and were ‘can’t to stay impartial.’

Once he had finished reading the letter, Mr Byrne said that there were some things in the letter he couldn’t deal with because ‘another club has another matter pending with another committee’.

However he did dispute the assertion that Birr would be unable to field a team if they had to travel for the game. He also quoted three rules (7:11 section 2; 7:11 section e; 3:22 section 2) that he said would answer all the questions.

Clonmore Harps delegate John Foy attempted to raise the issue from the floor but he was told that the issue could not be discussed with a hearing pending.

Chairman Pat Teehan clarified that the CCC had made a decision and Birr had since requested a hearing in relation to it meaning it could not be discussed at the County Board as it could ‘prejudice the outcome of the hearing’.

After Mr Foy tried to discuss the matter again but Mr Byrne responded that once the issue with Birr was finished, he would ‘finish for good and all at the next County Board meeting’.

Mr Teehan added that the issue had a full airing at the previous County Board meeting and he said once it was completed, he could have his say then.

When his repeated attempts to discuss the matter were thwarted, Mr Foy described it as ‘scandalous’ that he could not say two words on the subject and he said he had the true version but wasn’t allowed to speak.

At that the Clonmore delegates walked out of the meeting.