Carlow lament Wexford league vote

Carlow county board chairman Michael Meaney has revealed his disappointment that Wexford voted against their neighbours on proposed changes to the Allianz Hurling League.

Meaney also laughed off Cork delegate John Corcoran’s controversial comment at a recent Leeside board meeting when he remarked: “For somebody from Carlow to be lecturing Cork on hurling is akin to Jedward telling Pavarotti how to sing.”

A recent Central Council meeting decided to retain the status quo for the 2014 campaign and despite making progress in recent seasons, Carlow will start next year in Division 2A. Carlow and Westmeath were behind a ‘super 14’ proposal but a vote to retain the current format left them outside the top 12.

Carlow can feel a real sense of grievance as, for the very first time, the county boasts the current Leinster Club SHC champions, after an historic victory for Mount Leinster Rangers against Wexford representatives Oulart-the-Ballagh last Sunday.

And Meaney was disappointed when Wexford voted against Carlow at Central Council.

“Wexford have to do what they think is right [but] we were disappointed,” he said. “They promised us the vote and then you see [Wexford] manager Liam Dunne coming out the week after the vote saying that it should have been the other way.

“The man with the vote on the day didn’t think like that. But we have to live with it and they [Wexford] have to live with it. That’s the way it is.”

Meaney added: “We did all of our shouting before the vote. We put a good bit on the papers and on the news, a few words out there. Ourselves and Westmeath lobbied hard but counties voted and we have to get on with it... there’s no point belly-aching about it.”

Expressing huge pride with the Mount Leinster Rangers’ achievement, Meaney insists Central Council made a mistake by snubbing Carlow.

“We think they made a mistake and that the counties that voted against us made a mistake. I think that counties like Carlow and Westmeath, no matter what you do or how hard you try, you never get taken seriously.”

Corcoran’s remarks in Cork went viral and Meaney noted: “I saw someone tweeting last night [Sunday], wondering what does the Cork man think of Pavarotti now. In fairness to John Corcoran, they’re at every county board meeting in Ireland, coming out with speaks like that. But that’s all part of the fun and you wouldn’t want to be getting hung up on things like that.

“I must say that when I heard the comment, I gave him 10 out of 10 for comment of the year. Some websites had it that it was arrogant but I thought it was quite entertaining.

“You can picture any county board meeting in Ireland, somebody coming out with a statement like that and the place going into howls of laughter.”

Meaney has also challenged Mount Leinster Rangers to push on and make a real impact at the business end of the All-Ireland series in the New Year. MLR will play Antrim and Ulster champions Loughgiel Shamrocks in the last four and Meaney said: “I’d give them a great chance now. Who’s to say they can’t go the whole way?”

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