The Junior A Hurling Final between Ogonnelloe and Crusheen which was down for decision this weekend has now been postponed, writes Ivan Smyth.
The decision comes after the accidental death on holiday in Spain of Ogonnelloe’s Gerard McMahon, a son of Pat and Carmel.
Gerard had just had just returned home from a six-month tour of duty with the 63rd Infantry Group in Syria.
Speaking on the decision to postpone the game, Ogonnelloe manager Alan Maher believes the correct decision was made.
“Gerard is coming home so we couldn’t go ahead with the game. His removal is on Saturday afternoon and the funeral is on Sunday so we had no choice. Hurling hasn’t been to the forefront of our minds recently for obvious reasons so we are just trying to rally around and look after the family.”
Maher also thanked Crusheen for their understanding of the situation as the clubs and the county board will be working together to find a new date and time for the county final to be played.
“We were in contact with them (Crusheen) and they have been very understanding. It’s tricky (finding a date) as they have a relegation game next weekend. We have to find a solution that suits everyone. It’s winter hurling so we will have to look for a pitch that’s available and then there’s a chance it will have to be under lights.”
“It’s still very fresh right now so we will all come together and try find a time that suits everyone. The main thing we are focused on is this weekend and paying our respects to Gerard so we will deal with that (refixing the game) when we can.”