O’Neill impressed by Longford GAA Race Day

Newly installed GAA President Liam O’Neill was deeply impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the Longford GAA community, as he told the Longford Leader’s Conor Barrins at the recent Longford GAA Race Day in Punchestown.

He was full of praise for the stalwarts who attended the day and highlighted the importance of such events when it came to raising funds for county boards across the country.

When asked about the phenomenon of emigration, which has plagued clubs - most particularly rural clubs - since the downturn, O’Neill responded that the GAA can do little to alter the economic climate but it can tend to its own patch and maintain the ‘feelgood factor’ surrounding their games.

When pressed as to the slightly contentious arranging of the Divisions 3 and 4 League Finals for Croke Park, he insisted that this was a ‘no-win’ situation for the GAA, and that he didn’t want to deny the players of respective counties the chance to play at headquarters.