We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 16:23 | 27/1/16

O'Shea defends amalgamation idea

Mayo man wants county mergers

Mayo full-forward Aidan O'Shea has defended the idea that weaker counties could amalgamate in order to be more competitive in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

A couple of years ago, O'Shea suggested that some outfits would ultimately have to join forces to take on the stronger sides on the national stage.

With the GAA to vote next month on proposals for Division 4 counties to compete in a 'B' championship, if and when they are defeated in their respective provincial tournaments, O'Shea has defended his alternative concept.

"I don't think it's that outlandish, really, and it's something that might happen," said the 25-year-old.

"I see things about Division 4 teams going into a 'B' championship.

"I think teams would like to take part in a competition that they have a chance of winning, and maybe I'm wrong, but if there was amalgamation of a county or two, then they might have an opportunity of winning.

"I think that's better than taking part in a competition when you know you're not going to win it."

O'Shea feels that the amalgamation of some counties for the purposes of the national rounds of the championship would be good for the game on several levels.

"I think it makes it more competitive, more marketable, bigger games, with less players playing,” the six-foot, four-inch attacker added.

"So, in it, there'd be more chance of professionalism."

Allianz hurling league: Classy Clare beat Kilkenny

17:14 | 19/2/17

A confident Clare performance helped the Banner County to a rampant 2-19 to 0-12 win over Kilkenny in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A at Cusack Park.

No excuses from Cody

09:57 | Today

Brian Cody accepts Kilkenny were second best as they slumped to another defeat in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League.

Fitzgerald: There is no point getting carried away

09:06 | Today

Davy Fitzgerald is refusing to get carried away by Wexford's strong start to their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign, but he believes there is much mo...

Connacht tame Dragons

21:47 | 18/2/17

Connacht held off a strong challenge from Newport Gwent Dragons at the Sportsground, beating them 14-9 in their Guinness Pro12 clash.

Cunningham critical of Crummey red card

21:13 | 18/2/17

Dublin hurling boss Ger Cunningham has criticised the dismissal of Chris Crummey during his side's impressive 2-19 to 1-14 Allianz Hurling League Division 1A wi...

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.