Laois senior football manager Justin McNulty is looking to put the recent racism row behind him as his side prepare to fight for Division 1 survival against Down.
Controversy has dogged this year’s campaign, after Armagh complained that their players had been subject to “racist and sectarian” abuse when the sides met earlier in the month. Both County Boards later issued a joint statement, conceding that the Orchard County’s claims “did not accurately portray the events which occurred.”
McNulty’s men find themselves bottom of the table facing into the final round of league games but the boss is keen to stress the progress being made.
“If you look at ratio of wins to losses you wouldn’t be happy, certainly not.” says McNulty. “But I would say that the team have been very competitive in every game, bar the first half against Cork.”
“We’re still in with a shout and it comes down to the last weekend’s relegation dogfight. We’re going to use that as preparation for Longford in the Championship on the 20th May.”
McNulty, a former All-Ireland winner with Armagh, was speaking at the launch of the 2012 Kellogg’s Cúl Camps at Croke Park. He was joined by GAA Director General Paraic Duffy, Kerry footballer Seamus Moynihan, Down’s Benny Coulter and Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer as well as Wexford Camogie star Ursula Jacob and Cork footballer Bríd Stack.
Jim McNeill, Managing Director, Kellogg Company of Ireland said: “We are delighted to be launching the first major partnership between the Kellogg Company of Ireland and the GAA. We know that our cereals are in 75 per cent of Irish homes and we believe that this partnership between Kellogg and the GAA will have a positive impact, by helping even more Irish children to develop sporting and personal skills which will help them grow, be their best and have some fun along the way!”
According to statistics released by the GAA today, the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are most popular in Counties Kerry, Tipperary, Leitrim, Clare and Offaly. 30 per cent of children participating are girls – a steady increase in recent years, while 70 per cent of attendees are boys.
16% of Irish parents surveyed said they will not be sending their children to a summer camp this year. The main reason given by more than half of this group was financial pressures (54%).
Two thirds of Irish parents (67%) admitted that financial constraints have forced them to cut back on extracurricular activities for their kids. Almost half of Irish parents surveyed (49%) say that they are willing to pay between €50 to €80 for children to attend a summer camp, 25% are willing to pay less than €50, 21% are prepared to pay between €80 and €100, while only a small minority (5%) would pay over €100 for a camp.
In celebration of the new partnership, promotional packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will feature a unique code, which can be used online by parents to receive a €5 discount off the fee of €55 for the 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps.
The unique codes will be printed on the inside of promotional packs, available in stores from mid-April to August 2012 and one code can be used per child, per registration, to avail of the €5 discount. More details can be found at www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.