The chairman of Leinster GAA has jumped to the defence of the Walsh Cup, stating that it has an ‘important role’ in funding teams and players affected by injury.
With reports of player burnout dominating debate ahead of the GAA’s annual congress, which takes place in Carlow next month, many have questioned the need for so many fixtures right at the start of the year.
But John Horan said it is important not only for raising money through the gate but also in terms of team preparation.
Horan says: “It is important to again place on record the important role that our January competitions play within our Association.
“The Walsh Cup was established in 1954 and together with the Kehoe Cup senior hurling competition and the O’Byrne Cup senior football competition they are collectively known as the Accident Tournaments.
“Money generated from the attendances at these games is used to address issues of hardship suffered by players, and by ordinary members of the GAA in Leinster.
“This work is done privately and without fanfare, but is an opportunity for Leinster GAA to play a role at helping out individuals and families in a time of need, whenever such a need arises and help is sought.
“Yet again in 2016 the money generated at games played throughout Leinster in the month of January maintains the fund used to assist members of the Leinster GAA family in any way that we can.