"We have only two provinces, one is artificial"

January 11, 2018

Leinster GAA Chairman John Horan and Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly make the draw for the 2017 Leinster senior hurling championship.
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Retired Kilkenny star Michael Fennelly feels it's time to abolish provinces in favour of an open All-Ireland senior hurling championship.

The new format for the Liam MacCarthy Cup will see a round-robin format in the Munster and Leinster championships this year but Fennelly doesn't see much difference between that and the National League.

Speaking at today's launch of the Peptalk's All-Ireland Games, the eight-time All-Ireland winner illustrated his thoughts that a shorter season and open championship would work better.

"I wish the year would be shorter, have a six or seven month year," he is quoted saying by The42.ie. "The league and the round-robin - are they not the same thing at this stage? I haven't looked into it a whole lot, but to me, the league is like championship. Then you've a break of two months, and then you've championship again in two months.

"Why not just accumulate the games together, and just have one big group, or one big championship between the teams?

"We have only two provinces, one is artificial. Galway are in Leinster, but Galway are from Connacht, so to me, the provinces are gone, they're dead. Play home and away games, you can't beat that excitement. I know the round-robin is like that."

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