Club to take legal action against Cork Board

A CORK GAA club is to take legal action against its County Board in a row over under age players.

The Dripsey club, formerly under the auspices of Inniscarra, was established earlier this year and boasts a number of adult teams in hurling and football.

But the club cannot field a minor side due to ban on the transfer of players aged 18 and under who, though living in the club catchment area, had played for Inniscarra.

Parents are angered by the legislation and have demanded a resolution be found through the courts.

“One of the conditions with the formation of the club, which we agreed to reluctantly, was that there would be no transfer of under age players,” a club official explained.

“There are players living in the six Dripsey townlands but because of the legislation those players cannot play for Dripsey.

“Eleven players are blocked from playing. We have about 10 other players who would not have played before and are eligible. But it looks very unlikely that we will be able to play our championship game against Donoughmore on July 6.

“It’s sad to see young fellows like that being forced to stand on the sidelines without a game for a year.

“What makes this worse is that they have older brothers who are able to play for Dripsey.”

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