Croker to host Congress on regular basis

Croke Park is set to hold the GAA’s Annual Congress every three years after a new hosting rota was agreed by the association’s Central Council.

At previous council meetings, the unsuitability of some recent Congress venues had been discussed. In addition, the fact the association had Croke Park at its disposal for such events without using it — while renting it out to other organisations for similar gatherings — was seen was a waste.

A motion to hold all future Congresses at the GAA headquarters was defeated at the 2012 Congress in Killenard, Co Laois, however.

Central Council last week decided to set down a new system, however. In a year where there is a presidential election (every three years, with 2014 being the next occasion), the Jones’s Road venue will be utilised, as its central location is easily accessible.

In the second year of the new cycle, the new president’s home county will host Congress, subject to suitability under criteria which have been circulated to counties, and then the third year’s hosting will be open to application. For 2016, Congress will be held in one of Limerick, Clare, Carlow or Waterford.

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