"Some of them are never there when you need something done for Offaly GAA"

May 22, 2019

Tony Leavy RIP.

Offaly chairman Tommy Byrne has come out fighting against criticism that has come his way following Kevin Martin’s removal as senior hurling manager.

The Faithful County chief reminded his critics that they can challenge him at annual convention later in the year if they don’t like how the county affairs are being run.

“Everyone is entitled to be nominated for this position," he pointed out.

“If they're not happy with what I'm doing, it's open to them for a club to nominate them and let them run against me."

The Gracefield clubman had to deal with a similar situation 12 months ago when Stephen Wallace was relieved of his football duties.

“When we replaced Stephen Wallace last year the very same people commented and haven't said a word since. If we did the opposite we'd get the same criticism.

“If we did nothing we'd be wrong and if we do something we'd be wrong too. Some of them are never there when you need something done for Offaly GAA.”

Meanwhile, interim hurling manager Joachim Kelly’s backroom team will consist of Paddy Kirwan, Danny Owens, Ger Oakley and Brian Carroll (coach).

The Irish Independent reports that the latter could also return in a playing capacity as they attempt to consolidate their place in the Joe McDonagh Cup.

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