EXCLUSIVE

By Sean Moriarty

St Brendan’s College will appeal the GAA’s decision to cancel the Post Primary All-Ireland football championship games.

The Killarney school had qualified to play against St Patrick’s College Navan in the Magee Cup (Under 16.5) All-Ireland football final.

The game should have taken place in the spring time but was postponed as a result of Coronavirus restrictions.

Last week GAA officials in Croke Park took the decision to cancel all remaining games as they attempt to get their various calendars back in order.

The schools’ series has been squeezed out of the limited GAA programme of fixtures that head office announced last Friday.

This week St Brendan’s Principal Sean Coffey confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that both the Killarney and Navan schools have appealed to the GAA to reverse the decision.

Both schools hope the game can go ahead behind closed doors, that a neutral venue can used to reduce travel either way and that buses would not be used to transport players to and from any venue.

“In the context of the pandemic the match is not very important,” Mr Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser. “But in terms of the lives of young lads it is very important. The final gave them something to look forward over the last few difficult months. They were training hard and were creating their own fitness programmes and it kept them sane. We are not talking about bringing busloads of supporters to a game, but it is important that the young lads get to play their final, regardless of the result.”

This is the third time that St Brendan’s has qualified for the Magee Final but they have yet to win it.