County board have shown ‘lack of respect’.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Fury as Tyrone county board schedule championship matches on the same day as All-Ireland Ladies final.

A FIXTURE clash has sparked a row in Tyrone GAA circles, with the county board coming under fire over the scheduling of several championship matches on the same day as the All-Ireland Ladies football finals.

The Tyrone Ladies face Tipperary on Sunday in the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship final at Croke Park, but clubs and families have been impacted by the CCC's decision to fix important club games.

A number of clubs involved in this weekend's championship quarter-finals have members representing their county at Croke Park.

And a brother and sister from the Errigal Ciaran club will both be in action, more than 100 miles apart, one prevented from supporting the other in huge games, and their family torn over which game to attend.

Eoin Quinn is to line out for his club against Carrickmore in the championship quarter-final, while his sister Shannon Cunningham will be in action in the biggest game of her career. Their father, Paudge, is a former Tyrone star and ex-Tyrone Ladies team manager.

Another sister, Donna, vented her fury on social media, accusing the domestic fixture in the county of showing no regard or respect for the female footballers of the county.

She said the Tyrone fixtures committee "have shown absolutely no regard, never mind respect, towards the female footballers of this county, who have put in months, of preparation and hard work all with the aim and goal of bringing an All-Ireland Final Cup back to their county.

"I along with many others, only hope that there is someone with common sense somewhere in the fixtures committee and that these club fixtures next Sunday be rearranged for an alternative day. Let's not have the people of Tyrone choose between their club or county or indeed their son or daughter.

"Unbelievably the Tyrone County Board Fixtures Committee has fixed Aireagal Chiaráin quarter final for Sunday evening despite the fact that this same club has five representatives playing in Croke park the same day in an All Ireland Final.

"It's hard not to see that this decision to go ahead with this fixtures has nothing to do with the fact that it is indeed women playing an All-Ireland Final as opposed to men." She added: "On a personal note, my father has played football for his club and indeed for this same county at senior level for many years, even having the privilege of representing Tyrone (yes the same county that his daughter is now representing) on All-Ireland Final day.

"His reward for those years of service to his county is to now choose between going to watch his daughter play in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day at 2.30pm or to stay at home and go and watch his only son line out for his club on Championship quarter-final day at 6pm."

"Please let me make it clear that this message is absolutely no reflection on my club. I have no doubt that many club gaels, both male and female will have intended to travel to Dublin to support their five representations on what is a monumental day for any club."

Meanwhile, the Tyrone Ladies GFA has appealed for 'common sense' and urged clubs to lodge objections with the CCC to its decision to schedule club games for Sunday.

"We ask our clubs in the county to contact the Tyrone CCC to object to these games going ahead and appeal for common sense," said a statement issued by Tyrone GFA chairperson Donna McCrory.

"It is with regret, that we note, the Tyrone CCC have opted to fix several Tyrone championship games on Sunday 24th September, the same day our Senior Ladies, representing our County, face Tipperary in an All-Ireland final at Croke Park.

"Clubs with several representatives on the squad are being asked to play their championship games, despite those same clubs taking supporters to the game at Croke Park.

"This is such disregard and disrespect to footballers from our County, our Clubs, Parishes and Communities, as they play on the biggest stage in the All-Ireland Final. We point out to you that the Tyrone Ladies confirmed squad lists to the Tyrone CCC so clubs would not be expected to have to choose who to support, we requested that the clubs represented in the squad would not be asked to play on Sunday. This was not adhered to."


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