Ballypickas warned over club member’s Parish Rule protest

Ballypickas GAA club were warned in relation to the conduct of one of their members at Monday night’s county board meeting, as their club treasurer Tom Cahill continues his protest against Parish Rule in the GAA.

Ballypickas GAA club were warned in relation to the conduct of one of their members at Monday night’s county board meeting, as their club treasurer Tom Cahill continues his protest against Parish Rule in the GAA.

Cahill attended the double-header in O’Moore Park on March 18 with a loudspeaker on the roof of his car to protest his opposition to the use of parish rule in the GAA. He also attended the ACHL Division 2 game at the weekend in Durrow between The Harps and Trumera.

Trumera delegate John Parkinson spoke of his displeasure at having the game overshadowed by the protest, and chairman Brian Allen informed Ballypickas’ representative at the meeting, Mary Whelan, that the club were responsible for the actions of its members, and urged the club to sit down with Mr Cahill and come to a resolution as soon as possible.

The club has the option of disciplining Cahill, or the County Board may take action against the club if a resolution is not found.

Mr Cahill’s protest started almost a month ago and he has spoken of his intent to protest at a number of local and national GAA events to further his bid to have Parish Rule removed.

Ballypickas have signed up to a mediation agreement with Laois GAA and the Leinster Council arising from a long-running problem the club have had due to their position between the Abbeyleix and Ballinakill parishes.