ON the very same day that it was announced that the Munster GAA Council would be making a grant of €100,000 for the upkeep and development of Cusack Park, Clare GAA was severely criticised for its refusal to allow the Cumann na mBuncsol football finals be played at GAA headquarters.
The charge against the county board was levelled by a leading Cumann na mBunscol official on Thursday last during the first installment of the two-day football finals celebration – the flagship football days of the primary schools year.
Former principal of St Conaire’s in Shannon, John O’Byrnes, paid tribute to Clarecastle GAA club for facilitating Cumann na mBunscol over the two days that saw teams from all corners of the county participate in the nine-match programme.
However, in praising Clarecastle, he criticised the county board stance on Cusack Park and urged parents and schools to take the call directly to Clare GAA for the schools finals to become permanent fixtures in Cusack Park every year.
“Cumann na mBunscol would like to thank Clarecastle GAA Club for the use of the field, but we are very disappointed that these finals didn’t take place in Cusack Park,” said Mr O’Byrnes. “Cusack Park is where the schools finals should be played and it’s very disappointing that they are not. Maybe ye might write a letter to the Clare County Board about that. We are very disappointed that the county board wouldn’t allow us into Cusack Park.
“We made every effort to get into Cusack Park, but the county board denied our requests. There will be no games in Cusack Park for six months, but they still wouldn’t give us the pitch for these finals,” added Mr O’Byrnes, who is chairman of the football sub-committee on Cumann na mBunscol.
For a full round up of reports from the school finals see our 8-page pullout in The Clare People or visit our Digital Edition.