It looks like the ladies football team are back in action: according to this story in the Mayo News, the Ladies GAA Central Council at its meeting yesterday in Tullamore “overwhelmingly voted that the Mayo Ladies County Board must enter a team” in this year’s championship. The Central Council was considering an appeal taken by three Mayo clubs – Carnacon, Castlebar and Knockmore – against their own County Board’s decision to withdraw the county side from this year’s championship following the saga surrounding the resignation of manager Pat Costello and the Board’s inability to find a successor.
The club-footed way in which the Ladies County Board has handled this issue from the outset – taking a full month to suss out Pat Costello about his intentions and then withdrawing the team from the championship in a hissy fit because they claimed they didn’t have sufficient time to find a successor – raises obvious questions about their competence to oversee ladies’ football within the county. Having now suffered the indignity of being overruled so decisively by Central Council on an appeal taken by clubs affiliated to them over their spiteful and bone-headed decision not to take part in this year’s championship, what little credibility they may have had has surely evaporated. They should now take the only honourable route left to them and resign en masse.