Munster Council chiefs have turned down a Limerick motion to name the province’s senior hurling trophy in honour of Mick Mackey.
“The motion was brought forward by Limerick, and it was discussed first by the management and finance committee,” Munster Council chairman Robert Frost explained. “They decided that it would be better off to leave well enough alone and that’s a view shared by me and some members of the Council. We have cups that have names on them, but they were presented by families or organisations and then named after them.
“But the two trophies that we have for the senior hurling and senior football were bought and presented by the Munster Council.
“At the time, there were no names applied to them and we felt that it would be opening up a can of worms to change that now.”
By honouring Mackey and naming the hurling trophy after him, Frost felt that the council would leave itself open to accusations that other greats were not being commemorated in a similar fashion.
“I have nothing personal against Mick Mackey,” he said. “He was a fantastic hurler and a member of the Munster Council, but if you go down that road, you’d have people saying that other players might be deserving of it. Then, there’d be suggestions that, if the hurling cup was to be named, that the football cup should be too, so it was felt that the best way was to keep things as they are.”
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