*St Josephs Miltown manager, Maurice Reidy. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Club managers in Clare have criticised restrictions on the amount of panel members allowed to tog out for championship encounters.

Along with the cap of 200 people allowed to attend GAA games – the figure includes players, management teams, media, officials, stewards and volunteers – teams are only permitted to name a panel of 24.

Ennistymon senior football manager, Kieran Kelleher admitted that having to only name a panel of 24 was “the toughest thing” he has had to do since taking charge of the North Clare magpies.

“I hope they make a change because it is very hard for a manager to pick 24 players. I made phonecalls on Thursday telling guys they wouldn’t be in the panel of 24 and it was heartbreaking. For some of them it’s awful because these guys are all training together, to have to pick 24 is very unfair, I would love if they let the whole panel in”.

Similar sentiments were expressed by St Josephs Miltown boss, Maurice Reidy. He outlined that having to select a panel of 24 was “extremely difficult”. “We have a lot of guys who have been with the club a long time, they’ve put a lot of effort in, they have trained very hard and to have to tell those guys on a Tuesday night that they couldn’t be part of the panel, warm up or be with us on Saturday was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do”.

Reidy is hopeful but not confident the decision may be reversed by officials in Croke Park. “I think it’s wrong to have to go to a guy who has been with us all year, doing Zoom calls, doing Zoom sessions and has maybe played a League game earlier in the year or challenge games and tell them they are not part of the squad, it’s not right”.

Related News

Ennis Book Club Festival tomás mac conmara
Tuamgraney tree planting ceremony to show solidarity with people of Palestine
gardaí clare 1
7% drop in Clare Garda numbers
WhatsApp Image 2024-07-21 at 19.39
Homecoming celebration in Ennis for Clare's hurling heroes
ennis courthouse tent 24-02-21 3
Judge imposes suspended prison term on Mullagh 'family man' for child porn offences
Latest News
WhatsApp Image 2024-07-21 at 19.39
Seven Clare representatives on Sunday Game team of the year & O'Donnell chosen as hurler of the year
WhatsApp Image 2024-07-21 at 19.39
Homecoming celebration in Ennis for Clare's hurling heroes
WhatsApp Image 2024-07-21 at 19.41
'In Clare hurling is like a religion & Brian Lohan is like our God' says All-Ireland winning captain Tony Kelly
WhatsApp Image 2024-07-21 at 18.54
Character comes to the fore as Clare are crowned All-Ireland champions
ennis courthouse tent 24-02-21 3
Judge imposes suspended prison term on Mullagh 'family man' for child porn offences
Premium
clare v kilkenny 06-07-24 brian lohan 4
Lohan behold - 'his character is moulded within the team'
clare v cork 24-07-21 4 patrick horgan
Horgan chasing shot at history
joe carey newmarket on fergus community forum 02-12-19 22
Announcement imminent on political future of Joe Carey
clare v cork 28-04-24 niall o'leary mark rodgers 1
The Water Break: Start as you mean to go on to decide whether Clare or Cork are All-Ireland champions
gerard gunning
Ennis plumber pleads guilty to careless driving causing death of Broadford GAA coach

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top