Croke Park accused of scuppering ladies football in Donegal

first_imgPlans to develop a fifth pitch at Donegal’s GAA training centre in Convoy have been dashed after Croke Park said it wouldn’t agree allow ladies gaelic partners to be involved.The Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football organisation had applied for a €200,000 Government grant for the project – but that money has now been lost as a result of a decision taken by Croke Park.The men’s county board in Donegal had BACKED the proposal – with support from the executive and the clubs. The senior ladies tea, backed by the county board, do use the facilities at Convoy.But Croke Park has cited unspecified “legal reasons” for blocking the move which would have been the first of its kind in the country.In a statement to ladies clubs in Donegal this morning the Donegal ladies executive said it was seeking further clarification for Croke Park scuppering the deal.The statement reads: “THE DONEGAL Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) wishes to issue the following statement after learning today that our proposal for the development of a Ladies Football pitch at the Convoy GAA training centre has been rejected by the GAA. “This is disappointing news for all of us involved in Ladies Gaelic Football in the county. At a time when the development of our game at underage and senior county level is at an all-time high in County Donegal, this is a particularly devastating blow.“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the Donegal GAA Executive and all the clubs in the county who did support this initiative.“We are awaiting clarification from the GAA at Croke Park for the reasons behind this decision and will share any information received at our next County board meeting.“Our ladies clubs and county teams enjoy a very good relationship with our male colleagues in the county and we expect that to continue.“We would like to acknowledge Donegal GAA, schools and clubs who have been providing training facilities to our U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, Minor and Senior teams over the past few years and thank them for their continued support. Our sport wouldn’t be where it is without them.” Croke Park accused of scuppering ladies football in Donegal was last modified: February 19th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more