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GPA offers support to departed Clare hurlers

gpaThe Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has offered its support to Clare hurlers Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell in the wake of their much publicised departure from the County Senior Hurling setup.

Following his exit from the squad, O’Halloran of the Éire Óg club told The Irish Times on the day of that he had been “humiliated” by the treatment he received by manager Davy Fitzgerald.

O’Halloran added that he was refused access to the team’s changing rooms and forced tog out separately and was prevented from having any dialogue with the other members of the panel.

The GPA announced in the aftermath of the claim that it would investigate the claim.

In a statement released on the organisation’s website, the GPA has said: “Having looked into the situation in Clare and having consulted with parties involved, the Gaelic Players Association’s dealings in this matter are and will remain of a confidential nature. We have outlined to the players involved that GPA support is available to them through our programmes and services. In respect to all parties, the GPA will be making no further comment.”

A joint statement by the Clare Senior Hurling panel and management was released last week highlighting that the group are “in agreement” about how the departures were dealt with.

Not everyone is content with the GPA’s response however. Former Laois footballer and presenter on Newstalk’s Off the Ball programme, Colm Parkinson told today’s Irish Independent: ‘What players’ union would remain silent after one of their members admitted to feeling ‘humiliated’ as a result of excessive punishments handed down by a county manager? Take it from someone who has been in his position: Davy O’Halloran would appreciate some public support from his union.”

Clare face off against Kilkenny in a crucial relegation play-off in Division 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League this Sunday at Nowlan Park.



About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.


One thought on “GPA offers support to departed Clare hurlers

  1. >the Cats sole victory coming against Clare last weekend.

    Kilkenny have beaten Cork and Clare this year.


    Posted by Henry | March 26, 2015, 11:11 AM

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