Offaly GAA chairman says meeting will take place to clarify underage development squads situation

Justin Kelly

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Tommy Byrne elected Offaly County Board Chairman

Tommy Byrne

The chairman of Offaly GAA, Tommy Byrne, has said discussions have taken place and a meeting will be organised to clear up the issue of underage development squads in the county. Two weeks ago, a Shinrone GAA representative spoke at the February county board meeting, and posed a number of questions to the board. 

Shinrone GAA Club secretary Ger Maher queried several aspects of Offaly GAA's coaching and games structures, the running of development squads and a decision to replace the management of the U-15, U-16 and U-17 development squads. At that meeting, he also questioned a decision to amalgamate the U-16 and U-17 development squads in 2017, pointing out that three mentors will now be over 62 players, which goes against best practice of a ratio of one coach to every eight players.

Speaking to Midlands 103 over the weekend, Chairman Tommy Byrne said the wheels "are in motion" to resolve the concerns raised by Shinrone GAA. "A group of us have met, gone through all the points, and this discussion took place in the name of both Shinrone and Kilcormac GAA, as it was the secretaries of both clubs who spoke on the issue," he added.

"We will be arranging a meeting this week with both clubs to bring this to a conclusion," he stated.

When asked about the issue being broached with other clubs and the wider county hurling community, Tommy Byrne said, "it will come to a county board meeting, whether that be a special county board meeting or the March meeting, and will come to a conclusion so everyone will get to see what the outcome is."

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