Cork board postpones decision on controversial fixtures plan

The first Cork County Board meeting of the year drew a large attendance to the Nemo complex at Trabeg last night, but much of the planned agenda suffered due to extended votes of sympathy.

Cork board postpones decision on controversial fixtures plan

With the last regular meeting of the board having taken place at the end of November, tributes were paid to John Corcoran, JJ Long, Fred Sheedy, John Young, Frank Keaney, Eric Philpott, and Peter Downey among others, all of whom had died in the interim.

As a result, almost an hour had elapsed since the 8.30pm start before regular items could be attended to, with the progress report, Central Council report and Munster Council report all postponed until the next gathering on February 23.

With the make-up of a county-wide premier U21 hurling championship still yet to be finalised, a backlash from divisional boards was expected.

On Monday night, representatives from each division had met, with a view to forming a united front in what was seen as an erosion of their powers. However, the late running of the meeting meant fixtures were only briefly aired.

County chairman Ger Lane informed delegates that, as the next full meeting was almost a month away, the county’s competitions control committee (CCC) would meet on February 9 to deal with championship fixtures and transfers, with details to be sent to clubs after that. When asked about the status of the premier U21 championship, Lane said the clubs involved would be graded based on recent minor championships and then notified, with applications from interested clubs not required.

John Feeney of Dripsey enquired about the premier junior championship and was informed that a decision would be made in due course. However, no details on clubs taking part, or the format of the competition, are available as yet.

Elsewhere, in a vote to elect club representatives to the board’s executive, Eamonn Landy (Mayfield) and John Crean of Aghabullogue were successful.

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