Cooney assured of Cork’s ‘wholehearted’ support

GAA President elect Christy Cooney received a standing ovation at Tuesday night’s Cork County Board meeting.

Chairman Mick Dolan congratulated Cooney on his win promising: “you can be assured of our wholehearted support during your term of office.”

The Youghal native thanked those who had worked on his behalf and paid a special tribute to county secretary Frank Murphy.

He said: “I deem it a tremendous honour to be following in the footsteps of such distinguished former Cork Presidents, Sean McCarthy and Con Murphy. Cork will be the first county to have four Presidents and that too is something I appreciate greatly. I’m very proud to be elected President of the GAA. It’s an honour for me, my club Youghal, East Cork and the county as a whole. There are huge challenges facing the association in the coming years, but I’m looking forward to playing my part in guiding the GAA forward. I know I can count on the support of this great county.”

Meanwhile the meeting was informed by Richard Murphy that the Duhallow division had withdrawn from the county senior hurling championship due to the lack of interest by players. County Secretary Frank Murphy said there had been no official communication from the Duhallow Board on the matter, and that the CCC would be anxious to meet with the divisional officers on the matter.

Mr Murphy told the meeting that 2009 would be the 125th anniversary of the board and said it was planned to set up a sub committee to examine ways of recognising the event. During discussions on fixtures, Erin’s Own delegate Eoin O’Connor said cognisance should have been taken of the problems created for clubs by the county senior hurling team going away for a week’s training to Portugal. Mr Murphy concurred and added that as a result of decisions taken at national level, permission for such trips in the future will not be forthcoming.

After a few minor adjustments the fixtures were adopted.

Cork Championship Fixtures:

Sunday

SFC: Ilen Rovers v St. Nicholas, Dunmanway, 3.30pm.

Tuesday, April 29

IFC replay: Cill na Martra v Erins Own, Carrigadrohid, 7pm.

Friday May 2

IHC: Milford v Eire Og, Ballyclough, 7.30pm.

Saturday, May 3

SHC: Castlelyons v Killeagh, Youghal, 7pm; Ballinhassig v Sarsfields, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 4.30pm.

Premier IHC: Douglas v Tracton, 3pm; Aghabullogue v Mallow, Donoughmore, 7pm

IHC: Dromina v Blackrock, Ballyhooley, 3.30pm; Ballygarvan v Kanturk, Ovens, 7pm; Barryroe v Bandon, Timoleague, 7pm; St. Finbarrs v Carrigaline, Shanbally, 3.30pm.

Sunday, May 4

SHC: Bishopstown v Newtownshandrum, 4.30pm.

Premier IHC: Ballyhea v Ballymartle, Mallow, 3pm.

Premier IHC: Blarney v Courcey Rovers, Cloughduv, 3pm; Inniscarra v Ballincollig, 4.30pm; Argideen Rangers v Youghal, Pairc Ui Rinn, 3pm; Fr. O’Neills v Newcestown, 4.30pm.

IHC: Valley Rovers v St. Vincents, Ballygarvan, 3pm; Kilworth v Kiklbrittain, 4.30pm; Delanys v Cobh, Caherlag, 3.30pm.

Monday, May 5

SFC: Muskerry v Carrigdhoun, 3.30pm.

Premier IHC: Aghada v Watergrasshill, 3pm.

Saturday, May 10

SHC: Na Piarsaigh v Carrigtwohill, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 5.30pm Cloyne v Glen Rovers, 7pm.

SHC: Muskerry v Avondhu, Mourneabbey, 7.30pm.

Sunday, May 11

SHC: Blackrock v Erins Own, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 3pm; Seandun v CIT, 4.30pm; UCC v Carbery, Cloughduv, 7.30pm; Midleton v St. Catherine’s, Lisgoold, 3.30pm.

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