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Michael Hurley during Cork's loss to Tyrone. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Michael Hurley during Cork's loss to Tyrone. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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County board hold crunch talks on Cork football issues

A FULL meeting of the Cork County Board Executive, lasting three hours, took place on Tuesday night to discuss all aspects of Cork football.

County Board chair, Tracey Kennedy told the Evening Echo today that the board had given a commitment at the last delegate meeting that a full executive meeting would be held and that the only item on the agenda would be Cork football.

“Yes, that was the case and the executive met on Tuesday night and we spent three hours discussing the best way forward for the game in the county.

“It was the only item on the agenda and our plan now is to bring a number of proposals to the next Cork County Board meeting on Tuesday, August 14.

“At that meeting, there will be a very strong emphasis on football in the county only,” she said.

The Evening Echo understands that a very frank and useful discussion took place with all 14 members of the executive present with a number of items featuring prominently.

Attendance figures for NFL games in comparison to the NHL and the style of football being played were thought to have been some of the things discussed.

It was a very disappointing year for the county in all grades of football, particularly at senior level with Cork failing to emerge from Division 1B of the national league and subsequent heavy defeats to Kerry in the Munster final and to Tyrone in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

The county failed to win a provincial title, losing to Kerry at senior, U20, minor and junior, albeit the Rebels were at least competitive in three of those competitions, the humiliation against the Kingdom in the Munster senior final apart.

Ronan McCarthy has just completed the first of his three-year term as manager of the senior team and while it was accepted this is a transitional period, the manner of the defeats to Kerry and then Tyrone was alarming.