Spillane reiterates opposition to split season

August 17, 2022

Pat Spillane watches the Tailteann Cup final at Croke Park ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Pat Spillane has once again voiced his opposition to the new split season. 

The Kerry legend feels the GAA is losing out by running off its inter-county competitions in the first half of the year and has called for the inter-county football and hurling seasons to be played separately to ensure all-year round inter-county action.

"Forgive me, but I have to again address the elephant in the GAA room – the split season," he wrote in his Sunday World column.

"The key issues are: Is it working? Can it work? Is there a better plan? Judging by the reaction to previous comments there is no middle ground. There is a Yes camp and a No camp and nothing in between.

"When I suggest a split season for inter-county football and hurling all I hear is about how this would impact on any of the country’s top dual clubs - take Kilmacud Crokes or Ballyboden St Endas in Dublin, Slaughtneil in Derry or Loughmore-Castleiney in Tipperary.

"All I can say is that hard cases make bad law. In other words, it is simply impossible to cater for every scenario and every player."

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