Leinster chairman hopeful on Longford success

Leinster Council GAA Chairman Michael Skelly spoke to Conor Barrins about the importance of fundraisining and the challenge posed by Laois in Longford’s Leinster Championship opener at this year’s Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown.

Skelly praised the dedication of the Longford public who braved the elements to attend the event. An impressive 1,200 people turned out, including many who travelled from as far afield as Britain and the United States. He emphasised the importance of the event, not only for the generation of essential funds, but as a social occasion for the people of the county.

With the current economic climate at the back of everyone’s minds, the mix of corporate, club and private tables was noted by Skelly, who praised the supporters for making that extra special effort for their team.

Looking forward to the Leinster Championship, Skelly admitted that Laois have been a bogey team for Longford over the past decade, but says it would be nice to “put one over on them” this time around.

The inclement weather forced the first two chases at Punchestown to be cancelled, but luckily the rest of the race card was unaffected, despite the heavy going.