It isn’t news that Offaly hurling is in a bad place at the moment, and unfortunately for the Faithful, 2017 didn’t improve matters.
While they did beat Westmeath to ensure that they would avoid the minefield that is the Leinster qualifier group in 2018, they suffered two heavy defeats in their subsequent outings against Galway and Waterford in the qualifiers.
The two All-Ireland finalists scored a combined 1-68 in 140 minutes and Offaly know that something has to be done if they are to relive their best days of the 1990s.
The Offaly county board set up a hurling review and implementation committee in 2014 to try and get hurling back where the Faithful feel it belongs.
However, all of the committee resigned recently, with it’s chairman Liam Hogan citing “total frustration” and he called for the county board chairman to resign as he was an “absolute disaster.”
Now, Jackie Cahill reports that Offaly have brought in former Taoiseach Brian Cowen to try and moderate between the two sides.
Cowen, an avid Offaly GAA supporter, will be hoping to bring the two sides together and get them to work toward the common goal – improving Offaly hurling.
The ongoing row between the committee and the county board is doing nobody any favours – least of all the Offaly hurlers and their supporters. The midlands county will be hoping the former Taoiseach can help end the row and get both parties focused on the task at hand.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man where we previewed the All-Ireland hurling final.