The March meeting of the Kildare County Board took place last night and while there was a large crowd in attendance it turned out to be a rather tame get together.
Special guest on the night was Jamie O’Tuama who is the GAA’S Irish Language Officer and he outlined his plans for the role.
With no update on the proposed St.Conleth’s Park redevelopment things went off rather smoothly with two of the main discussion points coming from two motions that went to Congress recently.
The first thing was the hotly publicised Donegal Croke Park Motion and it was confirmed here that Kildare voted no on this topic on the premise that it restricted anyone choosing Croke Park as a home venue.
As well as that Central Council delegate Colm Farrell brought attention to a motion regarding under 21 football and whether under 17 players should be allowed to play at that grade. This subject made the news lately with clubs in Cork and Tipperary both objecting to it and the Celbridge representative at the meeting was of a similar ilk as he pointed out that a lot of recent Under 21 Football winners at club level were of that age.
The under 21 Championships don’t take place until the Autumn so the discussion will be decided upon during the Summer.
Another point of debate was around the playing of Minor Football games on Sunday last while the Kildare Senior Football team were playing across the border against Meath at 2.00.
It was brought up by Joe Moore while vice Chairperson Mick Gorman came in and insisted that the games needed to be played before the Kildare Minor team started their campaign while Chairman Ger Donnelly also acknowledged that this has been always the case with the Minor games and while it’s unfortunate it’s the way things have to go. He also confirmed that when Kildare play at home the matches are played a half an hour earlier but nothing can be done for the away games.
Other points of interest to come out of the meeting were as follows:
- Both the Kildare Senior Football team and Kildare Senior Ladies team will form part of a historic double-header on Saturday the 16th of March in their League games against Tipperary and Meath respectively with the Ladies throwing in at noon before being followed at 2.30 by the Men.
- The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Football Championship draws will take place between the two games above on the 16th of March.
- All members of the Kildare Senior Football panel will be available to their clubs from the 2nd round of the League until the end of April where teams with County representation are expected to be in Club Championship action with Kildare having their first Championship game in Leinster against Wicklow on Saturday the 11th of May.
- Both the Under 20 Hurling and Junior Football Management teams are yet to be announced.
- County PRO Christine Murray is hoping to have a launch for the Ems Copiers Senior Football League in the next week as well as similar events for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Football Championship’s ahead of them commencing in April.
- Martin Whyte gave another rallying call for referee’s ahead of a foundation course at the end of the month with only 15 on the list currently and he is hoping for more. He also admitted Club Kildare could do with a successful raceday at the Punchestown Festival on the 4th of May while making a point that he is hoping for more members come the end of the year.
- Niall Sheridan of Sarsfields is the new Chairman of Health and Wellbeing and he outlined plans for the role in an action plan that has been put together and there is also a National Development Plan to feed into clubs.
- Finally there are a number of events upcoming that are supporting Kildare GAA including A Night at the Dogs in Newbridge Greyhound Track on Friday the 22nd of March and a Club Night at Curragh Racecourse on Friday the 9th of August.
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