Naomh Conaill take their case to Croke Park

Naomh Conaill take their case to Croke Park
Naomh Conaill are to take their fight against the result of their RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship semi-final clash with Glenswilly to Croke Park.

Naomh Conaill are to take their fight against the result of their RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship semi-final clash with Glenswilly to Croke Park.

The club have lodged an appeal with the National Central Appeals Committee of the GAA in Croke Park on the case.

It has been confirmed by Croke Park that the appeal has been accepted and that the case is down for a hearing.

“An appeal has been lodged by Naomh Conaill and I can confirm it has been accepted by the Central Appeals Committee. It is on the list for a hearing but no date has been fixed as of yet,” a Croke Park spokesperson told the Democrat.

The Democrat has learned that there is a meeting of the Central Appeals Committee scheduled for tomorrow night (Friday).

And given that the outcome of the appeal could have a bearing on the Ulster Club Championship, the case is likely to be heard at tomorrow night’s meeting.

A Naomh Conaill club spokesperson did not wish to comment on the matter and the prospect of it being heard by the Croke Park, when contacted by the Democrat.

However, the Democrat has learned that the club feel very aggrieved by the way the case has been dealt with to date by both the Ulster Council and the Donegal Competitions Control Committee.

The club are appealing the decision of the Ulster Hearings’ Committee to turn down their appeal against the Donegal CCC’s decision on the game between themselves and Glenswilly.

The provincial body threw out the Naomh Conaill appeal on the grounds that the paperwork was not in order.

Normally only one appeal is allowed in these matters but an exception can be made in cases that are rejected as being not in order.

The Central Appeals’ Committee in Croke Park will adjudicate on whether the Ulster Hearings’ Committee were right in their decision to reject the Naomh Conaill appeal.

“In the event of the CAC upholding the Naomh Conaill appeal the matter will be referred back to the Ulster Hearings’ Committee to hear the case,” explained the Croke Park spokesperson.

The outcome will be eagerly awaited. It could have implications for the Ulster Club Championship.

One leading official speaking to the Democrat said the if the National CAC were to uphold the Naomh Conaill appeal, it would mean the Ulster Hearings’ Committee would have to hear the case before Sunday’s meeting of St Eunan’s and Roslea.

Naomh Conaill had objected to the result of the game between themselves and Glenswilly, on the grounds that the referee had shown Glenswilly player Ciaran Bonner a black card, which should have been followed by a red card. Bonner’s replacement Oisin Crawford scored the lead point for Glenswilly who went on to win the game by two points to book their place in the Donegal final against St Eunan’s. The Naomh Conaill appeal was rejected by the Donegal CCC and then later in the week Glenswilly’s appeal against Ciaran Bonner’s black card was upheld to throw further confusion on the entire issue.

Glenswilly subsequently lost last Sunday’s final to St Eunan’s who now face Roslea from Fermanagh in the Ulster Club Championship quarter-final. That game is due to be played this Sunday in O’Donnell Park. (See preview Page 86)