In his report to the county convention, O’Riordan says change to the structure of the All-Ireland SFC should ensure that every county has a “realistic chance of competing”, which looks unlikely with the new format.
“There should be a two- tier system in the senior football championship, graded through the national football league, where counties would have a realistic chance of competing,” he writes.
He was also critical of the rule change whereby players eligible for U20 cannot line out for their county at this grade if they are named on the county’s senior football championship panel.
“In 2018, the new U20 football championship replaces the U21 championship. This championship will be of little support to developing counties like Limerick, as U20 players who make the senior team will be unavailable to the U20 team for selection.”
He added: “The coming season will have its challenges given the change in format of the provincial senior hurling championship. We will see action in the various county adult championships commencing at Easter, with four rounds concluded by the end of April. It is proposed the club championships recommence in mid-July.”
O’Riordan said the hurling league quarter-final win away to Cork was the senior team’s “finest seventy minutes of the season”.
With regard to the Gaelic Grounds, remedial work is required.
“We really do need to see the Mackey Stand upgraded, with the toilets, shop units and catering areas all in need of major refurbishment.”
The convention, which takes place Sunday at Cappamore Community centre, will see two executive positions contested. With chairman Oliver Mann departing the top table, outgoing football board chairman John Cregan (Dromcollogher-Broadford) and outgoing vice-chairman Liam O’Sullivan (Claughaun) will go head-to-head to succeed him. Outgoing PRO Eamonn Phelan (St Patrick’s) and Alan Kehoe (Ballysteen) are nominated for the vacant role of assistant secretary. Seamus McNamara will be the new vice-chairman, while outgoing assistant treasurer Liam Burke (Fedamore) succeeds Donal Morrissey as treasurer. The new assistant treasurer will be current city board secretary Sean Bourke. Hugh Murphy (Blackrock) will take over from Phelan as PRO.
Meanwhile, the All-Ireland club SFC quarter-final between Fulham Irish and Corofin has been refixed for Sunday, January 21, at Ruislip. It was postponed last Sunday. The All-Ireland club SHC semi-finals will be played on Saturday, February 10. Na Piarsaigh and Slaughtneil meet at Parnell Park (2pm), Cuala and Liam Mellows throw-in at 4pm in Thurles. The winners of Corofin-Fulham Irish tie will play the Leinster club football champions on Saturday, February 17. Slaughtneil have been given a two-week break between their respective All-Ireland semi-finals, their football semi-final against Nemo Rangers penciled in for Saturday, February 24 (O’Moore Park, 4.30pm).