Relegation play-offs to go ahead

It has been confirmed that today's All-Ireland SHC relegation play-offs involving Antrim, Offaly, Clare and Wexford will go ahead as planned, after a decision was made by the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) early today.

It has been confirmed that today's All-Ireland SHC relegation play-offs involving Antrim, Offaly, Clare and Wexford will go ahead as planned, after a decision was made by the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) early today.

The counties took an eleventh-hour case to the disputes resolution body in a bid to halt this afternoon's matches at Parnell Park and O'Moore Park.

Much disquiet was expressed in the four counties over possible relegation to the Christy Ring Cup for next year.

Last night's DRA hearing in Dundalk lasted for more than six hours and was attended by representatives from all four counties.

"It was 2.30am this morning when they left the hotel…It was then confirmed that the games would go ahead," Clare PRO Syl O’Connor stated.

"At the moment all we are concerned about is the match (against Wexford) going ahead."

County Chairman Michael O’Neill and county secretary Pat Fitzgerald represented Clare at the meeting, with their Antrim counterparts Dr John McSparran (Chairman) and Frankie Quinn (Secretary) also in attendance.

McSparran said that he would "wait until the publication of the DRA judgement" before commenting further on the decision.

Deputy Secretary of the DRA, Andrew Fay, took charge of the hearing in the absence of secretary Matt Shaw.

A statement issued by the DRA this morning read: "Following a hearing on July 24 with representatives from Offaly, Antrim, Clare and Wexford, the DRA has directed that this weekend's relegation play-off games shall proceed.

"The full report of the ruling shall be made available later today."

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