Galway joined the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship in 2009, and have remained competitive in the competition since, winning the Bob O’Keeffe Cup in 2012.
However, the Leinster Council refused their application for the minor and u21 teams to be included in the province. Being inserted straight into the All-Ireland quarter/semi-finals at these grades has been a detriment to the Tribesmen at times. For instance, two months ago their minor side were hammered by Tipperary in Croke Park in the semi-final. Playing in Leinster would offer them more competitive matches earlier in the summer.
Meanwhile, their senior team have not played a home game, ‘hosting’ teams in Tullamore for the most part. They have also only received a small fraction of the revenue generated from their provincial games since 2009 (€130,000 from €3.47 million).
It is fair to say that Galway have been treated as second class citizens since moving to Leinster.
Speaking to the Connacht Tribune, Galway CEO John Hynes stated that they will be stepping up their efforts for equal treatment.
“It is confirmed to us that they (Leinster Council) will not be accommodating our U21s and minors in their competitions; there will be no home and away arrangement for semi-finals and finals; and there is no coaching funding forthcoming from Leinster to Galway.
“So we are now changing the game, we are fronting up to it, and we are making this a national issue. It is no longer a Galway-Leinster issue. We are now changing it and moving it into the national arena. And this is a national issue and it is an issue that needs to be addressed by Central Council and the Management Committee. That is where we are now.
“The window of opportunity for change is 2018 which is the year of change anyway – minor goes from U18 to U17 and the U21 football goes to U20. That is geared up as a year of change. So we have a lot of work to do between now and the end of the year in getting the submission in and getting it onto the national agenda.”
Hat-tip to HoganStand.