The chairperson of Laois Cumann na mBunscol, Monica Kennedy-Phelan, has stepped down from her position following the controversy surrounding one of the games at last week’s finals in O’Moore Park.
Ms Kennedy-Phelan is principal of Castletown NS, whose ‘B’ team beat Scoil Bhride of Knockmay in the Division 8 hurling final. However, Castletown used a number of their ‘A’ team players who had played in Division 1 of the competition but hadn’t reached the final.
Laois Cumann na mBunscol held an EGM on Wednesday to discuss the issue and it’s believed that Ms Kennedy-Phelan offered her resignation. A statement is expected to be released today.
While Castletown posed for a team photograph, they listed only first names in the programme on the day. They refused to give the full names to media present, citing a number of different reasons including that they were too busy and that players in the school were changing their names by deed poll and so they couldn’t release their names.
In addition, after receiving the trophy, Castletown opted against collecting their medals in the stand where all the names are read out, as is common practice, and instead said they would present them in school at a later date.
Ms Kennedy-Phelan, who was in attendance at the finals throughout the two days in her role as Laois chairperson but wasn’t on the sideline with the Castletown team, acknowledged that they had used ‘A’ players when questioned, saying that they did so for ‘health and safety’ reasons as their ‘B’ team was comprised mostly of younger students.
Castletown trailed by a point at half time but went on to win by nine points, a reversal of the earlier group game between the schools which Knockmay won.