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Monday 16 September 2019

GAA backtrack on Clonard's motion to introduce clock and hooter time keeping

GAA President Liam Ó Néill speaking at the Minor Review Workgroup Report launch in Croke Park, Dublin recently.
GAA President Liam Ó Néill speaking at the Minor Review Workgroup Report launch in Croke Park, Dublin recently.

By Esther Hayden

Clonard GAA club which proposed the introduction of the clock and hooter time keeping mechanism in GAA games some five years ago expressed frustration at a dramatic U-turn by the GAA to scrap the proposal.

The motion for clock and hooter time keeping, already a feature of ladies football, was due to be introduced at the start of this year's championship having already been agreed twice by Congress.

Ger Cashman, chairman of the Clonard club it was difficult to understand why the clock/hooter isn't being put in place.

'Where's the point of clubs bringing forward motions if this is what happens? We cannot understand where the problem is,' he said.

'If it (clock/hooter) works so well in ladies football, why not in the men's game? At the very least, it should have been brought in on a trial basis to see how it worked.'

Clonard mooted the idea of the clock/hooter system in 2010, bringing it successfully through Wexford Convention and on to Congress, where it was passed. However, it was not implemented due to cost issues.

It was back on the Congress agenda two years ago when it was again passed. Trials were held in last year's third-level competitions, after which it was written into rule, with a view to coming into effect for this year's All-Ireland championships.

However, in a dramatic U-turn, Central Council decided last Saturday to bring forward a motion calling on next month's Congress to scrap the new rule, without ever implementing it.

GAA president Liam O'Neill said this week that it would be wrong to proceed with the clock/hooter because it wouldn't work.

'We can't understand that. Why wouldn't it work?', asked Cashman.

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