ENNIS REPRESENTATIVES are calling for Clare’s All-Ireland winning hurlers of the 1990s to get “proper recognition” at this year’s county final.
Criticism had been voiced with the manner in how the All-Ireland winners of 1995 and 1997 were honoured in Croke Park this July on All-Ireland final day.
In what was the first occasion since the pandemic that the jubilee teams were present on All-Ireland final day, the team captained by Anthony Daly and managed by Ger Loughnane were brought onto the field prior to the game when the stadium was not at full capacity. In times gone by, the winning side of 25 years ago were ordinarily introduced at half-time and given a rousing reception.
Adding further salt to those raw wounds for this year’s All-Ireland final day was the blunder in the match programme which omitted Clare’s four All-Ireland SHC titles in the roll of honour in what the GAA said was “down to an error in the editing process”.
Mayor of the Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy (FF) has issued a request for Clare GAA to honour the All-Ireland winners of 1995 and 1997 at this year’s Clare SHC final. “I want to ensure proper recognition is given to the Clare hurlers which was not had at the recent All-Ireland finals in Croke Park,” she said. Her proposal was seconded by Cllr Mary Howard (FG).
It is the second time in three months that county councillors have put forward their recommendations on how the County Board conduct their affairs. At the June meeting of the County Council, Cllr Howard proposed that groups such as Ennis Brass Band or the Tulla Pipe Band be utilised to play the national anthem for games in Cusack Park rather than “a scratchy tape”.