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GAA to scrap with St Patrick's Day club finals

Updated: Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 22:20 | Comments

Ollie Canning celebrates winning this year's hurling club final on St Patrick's Day
Ollie Canning celebrates winning this year's hurling club final on St Patrick's Day

The GAA's Central Council has agreed in principle to complete all club championship activity in the same calendar year, from 2016.

The development would mean the end of the St Patrick’s Day club championship finals.

At a meeting of the GAA Ard Chomhairle on Saturday, it was decided that a special group would be established to conduct a full examination of how the proposal can best be implemented.

This group will report back to Central Council will detailed proposals later this year.

If these proposals are approved, and rule changes are required, these will be approved at next year’s Congress, with a view to 2016 being the first year the new format would apply.

Also at today’s meeting, proposals for the re-design of the provincial championships into four groups of eight counties were turned down.

A proposal to abolish the semi-finals of the Allianz Football League Division 1 was also turned down.

The Central Council agreed to draw up a strategy to help less successful counties.

This strategy will be guided by a steering group chaired by GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy.

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