A controversial plan by Longford GAA County Board to divide up the parish of Templemichael will be strongly resisted by Longford Slashers, who will lose several townlands to Grattan Óg should the proposal be passed at convention this Friday night.
The motion put forward by the county board will state that Grattan Óg will be the first club for underage players from 24 designated townlands in Templemichael parish - three of which surround the home ground of Longford Slashers at Farneyhoogan (Aughafad, Mullaghavorneen and Lisduff). The new rule will allow underage players from these townlands to remain with their current club and will permit players to play with Shroid Slashers or Longford Slashers if his or her parents or siblings are/were members of either of these two clubs. The rule, if passed, also says that an underage player, permanently resident in the Parish of Templemichael, may not transfer from his/her own club to another club in the parish of Templemichael until they has reached their 17th birthday.
Grattan Óg may also draw players from townlands other than the 24 listed in the motion and a player, who is a member of a club in the parish of Templemichael that cannot field a team at Under 16 or younger age-group, can play for another club in the parish.
The motion is expected to generate plenty of debate, not least from Longford Slashers, who will put forward a strong opposition to the proposed rule change.
Ballymahon GAA club also have a motion for convention to insert an amendment in the Minor Board bye laws to allow that “a player may play for a club within a parish in which he/she went to national school and with whom he/she first played schools football with”.