Laois hurlers asked to drop down a level

Updated: September 27, 2012

It has been reported that Croke Park has sent a request to the Laois county board inviting the hurlers to participate in next year’s Christy Ring Cup.

It is a humiliating scenario for the proud dual county as they have competed in the Liam McCarthy Cup since it’s inception.

County board chairman Brian Allen has told the Leinster Express that they may refuse the invitation, which is a downgrade, although what happens then is unclear.

It seems that heavy losses to Limerick this year and Cork the year before that has cost the Laois team their place at the top table of inter-county hurling.

The Leinster county are also without a hurling manager set in place and at last week’s meeting to plan for the new season only eight players turned up.

Limerick inter-county hurler Graeme Mulcahy aired his opinions on the matter via Twitter, stating that a solution can be made with the appointment of a new manager.

The left-wing forward tweeted: Laois surely just need the right man in charge it can change everything. A step backwards by the GAA if they go Christy. #GAA

Chairman Allen made it clear that Laois have not yet accepted the invitation from Croke Park although a decision will surely come sooner rather than later.

For Laois hurling the preferred outcome would be that encouraged by Limerick’s Mulcahy, for the squad to have a new manager in place soon.

A solution would be made a lot easier with an experienced man at the helm to get Laois’ best hurlers back playing the game for the county, preferably in the Liam McCarthy Cup next season.

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