A novel idea has been mooted by the Connacht GAA Council in a bid to promote hurling in the province, and it could come into being next season. The council have proposed that the Galway senior hurling champions no longer take part in a Connacht senior club championship that also features the Roscommon and Mayo champions. “Our plan is that the Roscommon and Mayo champions take part in the Connacht intermediate club championship, along with the Galway intermediate champions,” said council secretary John Prenty.
“This would give the Mayo and Roscommon senior champions a chance to progress in the intermediate championship, because they are currently out of their depth in the senior championship. We have selected Mayo and Roscommon for this because they are both Christy Ring Cup counties. Leitrim and Sligo play in the Nicky Rackard Cup and, as such, we propose that their senior champions take part in the Connacht junior club championship along with the Galway junior champions.” The proposal – which must now be approved by the province’s Games Committee – would see the Galway senior champions declared Connacht senior club champions. “It would mean we would have no Connacht senior club championship, but the benefits would be felt down the line by the champions of all the other four counties,” added Prenty. “The senior championship has always been dominated by the Galway champions, anyway, and, more often than not, the Roscommon and Mayo champions have struggled to be competitive.” A decision on the proposal is expected inside the next month.
The Mayo GAA Hurling Cul Camps commence on Wednesday July 30 and run for three days until Friday August 1. There will be three venues around the county namely Tooreen, Ballyvary and Cong (Moytura HC ). The camps run from 10am until 2.30pm daily and are priced at €40 per participant. Children between the ages of six and 13 are welcome while newcomers to hurling/camogie are also catered for. Equipment is provided at the camps but players are advised to bring their own hurley and helmet if available to them. Bookings may be taken on the morning of the camp. For further information contact 087 245 0566.