Future of Paddy Minihane Cup to be discussed while Dr Herlihy Cup will return
THERE has been no white smoke in the Carbery board’s continuing search for a new senior football manager and selectors.
The issue was discussed at the first South West Board meeting of the year on Monday night but no progress has been made in appointing a successor to long-serving manager Gene O’Driscoll, who stepped aside after last year’s Cork SFC exit.
Carbery have been paired against UCC in round one of the 2018 Cork SFC divisions/colleges section, and the board are eager to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Charlie Vaughan will manager the Carbery senior hurling team again in 2018, looking to build on the progress of last season.
The championship formats for the 2018 South West championships were also discussed at Monday night’s meeting with a back-door (losers’ group) to be used in the junior A and B football and hurling championships, while the junior C and D championships will be straight knock-out.
The U21A and B football and U21A and B hurling championships will be straight knockout. There will be a cup and losers’ plate in U21C football, while the format of the U21C hurling championship depends on numbers involved.
Gradings for the season ahead will be decided by the CCC in the next week with a number of applications for regrading to U21C because of falling numbers in rural clubs.
In U21 hurling Newcestown will regrade from county A to the West Cork championship while Clonakilty and Dohenys will field two teams in U21 football.
A number of clubs are also looking to regrade from U21A football to the B grade.
Also at the monthly meeting, three members were elected to the Board Executive – Patjoe Connolly (Bantry), David Whyte (St Mary’s) and Aidan O’Rourke (Newcestown).
Local clubs are very concerned about the insurance for their properties, as highlighted by the damage done during the year by severe storms. It was agreed to try to get a representative from Croke Park to address the clubs on the complicated issue in the near future.
The question of running the Mícheál Holland Cup (intermediate hurling) and the Paddy Minihane (senior football) competitions was again discussed. Entries are invited for the Mícheál Holland Cup competition but the future of the Minihane Cup is to be discussed at CCC level.
The Dr Herlihy Cup for first years in secondary schools, which was very successful in 2015 and 2016, but fell through in 2017, will definitely be held this season, in February and March.
Also, the West Cork GAA Awards ceremony due to be held in the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry on February has to be postponed because of a clash with other award ceremonies. Clubs will be informed of the new date as soon as possible.