Online petition calls for women’s GAA finals in Sligo to be moved

An online petition has been set up which is calling on the Sligo ladies county board to change the date and venue of next Sunday’s re-scheduled senior and intermediate football finals to be changed.

The Sligo LGFA finals, originally fixed for Tubbercurry on Saturday, were postponed on Thursday night because of the wet weather warning.

County board officers spent the subsequent 48 hours searching for an alternative venue. Curry GAA pitch was made available to them on Saturday and the senior (St Nathy’s v Geevagh) and Intermediate (Drumcliffe/Rosses Point v St Michael’s) finals have been re-scheduled for next Sunday, September 8th at 1pm and 3pm respectively.

The junior final between Coolera/Strandhill and St Farnan’s will be played next Saturday September 7th at 1pm. The venue for this game has still to be finalised.

It’s believed the online petition has been instigated by a small number of players and supporters involved in next weekend’s finals who are unhappy with the date and venue for the finals.

The petition says that playing the finals on a Sunday impacts players who are living or studying in Dublin. Concern is also expressed about the ability of the dressing-room facilities in Curry to cater for a county-final double-bill of this stature.

Ocean FM Sport has established that Sligo LGFA officials made extensive attempts in recent days to find a new venue for the re-fixed finals. However, given the wet weather of the past few days, several venues around the county were not made available to the LGFA.

The women’s Connacht club senior and intermediate football championships are due to begin later this month – which underlines Sligo LGFA’s emphasis on completing their club championship campaigns promptly.