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Wexford GAA Bulletin

Bulletin following Management Committee Meeting on 12 April 2022.

Upcoming Inter County Games

Our Senior Hurlers play Galway on Saturday, 16 April 2022 at 4:30pm in Chadwicks Wexford Park. The event control meeting has been held for Saturday’s game and a crowd of in excess of 10,000 is expected. A limited number of covered stand tickets may become available on Wednesday or Thursday.

Supporters are asked to give themselves plenty of time to get to the ground and to park in designated areas only.

A new HD video screen scoreboard will be ready for the game. At 4pm, George Lawlor will sing Cúchulainn’s Son and the scoreboard will be used to display a video montage commemorating Nicky Rackard as well as advertisements in advance of the game.

Our Under 20 Hurlers will play Laois in Portlaoise on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 in the Leinster U20 Hurling Championship Quarter Final at 7:30pm.

Coaching and Games

Three additional GPOs have been employed in recent weeks and the criteria and expectations for clubs has been circulated to participating clubs. This is in line with the targets set out in the 2021-2025 strategic plan.

Football Review Group

Micheál Martin, Cathaoirleach CLG Loch Garman, outlined his concerns regarding the current standard of underage football in the county. He announced that he intended to establish a group to complete a root and branch review covering grassroots, club, school, development squads up to inter-county U17. He outlined that it has become a significant challenge to recruit the required personnel to assist with development squads in football and that a number of clubs who would traditionally prioritise football no longer do so. Micheál set out that he has approached a person of the highest calibre to lead the review.

Ukraine Community Response Forum

Micheál Martin outlined that he had attended a meeting of the Community Response Group with Wexford County Council along with Michael Hennessy Cullen, Runaí CLG Loch Garman. A significant challenge exists in relation to providing emergency accommodation for refugees. Clubs were encouraged to provide accommodation where possible and Micheál outlined that he had offered the facilities in Chadwicks Wexford Park from early May to July.

Identification of An Bainisteoir

As set out in the Competition Regulations 2022, the Bainisteoir must wear a distinctive bib or top. This regulation applies for all games – league, championship and underage. The Bainisteoir shares the responsibility of ensuring the Games Regulations are respected by players and members of team management with the Club Chairperson, Secretary or Nominated Person. The purpose of this rule is to make it easier for a referee to identify whom to speak with should a need arise.

Penalties for breach of this regulation shall be at the discretion of the CCC. Penalties may include warnings, fines, the withdrawal of side-line privileges or suspension of individuals as considered appropriate. Referees have been requested to report instances of non-compliance.

Infrastructure Projects

St Patrick’s Park

Work will commence on the upgrade of spectator areas in St Patrick’s Park next week.

Chadwicks Wexford Park

The upgrade to Chadwicks Wexford Park has been split into three distinct elements with separate subcommittees overseeing each element:

Pitch Works: The tender documents are near final in respect of the irrigation system and associated works. The tender process will commence shortly in order for a contractor to be in place to start work on the pitch at the start of May 2022.

Lighting: The design phase for the concourse lighting and the preparation of tender documents for the same and for the floodlights is in progress with an order to be placed in coming weeks.

Building Works: The procurement of an architect for the design phase of the dressing room extension and press box and wheelchair area upgrade has commenced.

Head Groundskeeper and Facilities Manager

John Kehoe has been appointed as Head Groundskeeper and Facilities Manager for Wexford GAA and will have overall responsibility for pitch and facilities maintenance at all Wexford GAA owned facilities.

Fundraising Events

Wexford GAA will hold a race day in Wexford Racecourse on July 1st and an organising committee will be established in coming weeks.

Upcoming Dates

17 May 2022 County Committee Meeting
1 July 2022 Wexford GAA Race Day in Wexford Racecourse
11/12 August 2022 Cairde Loch Garman Golf Classic in Bunclody Golf Club
23 August 2022 County Committee Meeting