CLARE’S Munster Council chairman Robert Frost has blasted his own county board over their decision to give 100 per cent backing to a move by the county senior footballers to boycott the 2014 McGrath Cup competition because of the controversial end to the Open Draw in the Munster Championship.
At Friday night’s Munster Convention in Adare, Mr Frost, who began his second year of a three-year term in the chair, hit out that the McGrath Cup snub led by footballers in Clare, Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford and warned that it could have financial implications for the counties concerned.
“The financial positions of counties need constant monitoring and we, in the Munster Council, are committed to assisting our counties in whatever way possible,” said the O’Callaghan’s Mills clubman.
“Therefore, it is extremely disappointing that four of our six Provincial counties chose not to take part in the recent McGrath Cup Senior Football competition as well as withdrawing their players’ services from our Inter-Provincial squad.
“The Inter-Provincial competition provides a glorious opportunity for the so-called weaker counties to showcase their players talents on the national stage. If counties continue to withdraw their players, the competition has no value and will have to be reviewed once more,” he added.
Mr Frost made his comments after Clare County Board chairman, Michael McDonagh warned that there would “all-out war-fare” over the Munster Council decision to abandon the ‘Open Draw’ in favour of a system that seeded Kerry and Cork to reach the final.
However, the Munster chairman, who voted for the seeded draw to return, was unrepentant and endorsed what he labeled “a truly democratic” decision by the provincial ruling council last September.
“The review of our competition structures and subsequent decision to switch to a seeded draw for the Munster Senior Football Championship for 2014 was a truly democratic one, passed by both the CCC and then unanimously at a full meeting of Munster,” he said.
In another statement, viewed by GAA sources as an attack on the Clare County Board, Mr Frost has warned that Masters Fixtures Plans must be adhered to in 2014.
Quoting GAA rules he said “club games shall not be postponed because of a county’s involvement in an inter-county championship”, while adding that any infringements could lead to a “loss of championship expenses or grants”.

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Joe Ó Muircheartaigh graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a degree in history and politics. After completing a Diploma in Journalism at The College of Commerce, Rathmines in 1991, he embarked on a career in journalism. Joe spent four years with Clare FM from 1992 and was with The Clare Champion from 1996 to 2005. He has won two McNamee Awards for GAA journalism and has published two books. Contact Joe on [email protected]

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