GAA proposal to cut five counties from hurling league to be shelved

There are fresh indications that the GAA’s controversial proposal to exclude five counties from the 2025 national hurling league is set to be scrapped at this Saturday’s meeting of Central Council, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.

The proposal, which would see Leitrim, Fermanagh, Cavan, Longford and Louth sit out league hurling in 2025 with the money saved from preparations ringfenced for hurling development to increase the number of adult hurling clubs, has faced strong opposition from hurling interests in the counties concerned.

The five counties were originally earmarked for this change as they have less than five active senior hurling clubs.

Last week, four of the five counties came out publicly against the proposal while Leitrim are also understood to have taken a decision to oppose it, although this has not been publicly stated.

Saturday’s Central Council meeting will also discuss a proposal to base the hurling league on five groups of seven,  and there will also be details of plans to establish a workgroup to look at ways of developing hurling in lower-tier counties.