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Carlow's Turlough O'Brien: "It's time to think about moving the League into the summer"


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One of the major stories from the Allianz National Football League at the weekend came all the way down in Division 4. 

Carlow earned promotion from the bottom tier for the first time in more than three decades and as the Leinster county bask in that achievement, manager Turlough O'Brien joined us on the show and shared his delight. 

"We're delighted. It's great to sample a bit of success. We've been down for a long time," he told Joe.

"At times you would despair and think we'd never change the story but we have and I think we're going in the right direction.

"I think we've a good bunch of lads there and a lot of them are there for 10 years or so. It's been fantastic to see players who have committed through thick and thin when players often drop off county panels. But these guys stuck with it and they've got some measure of reward out of this by getting promoted."

He also touched on changing mindsets within Carlow to begin seeing the talent that does exist in the county bear fruit.

But as the All Ireland Championship arrives on the horizon, he also touched on the issue of Championship structures.  

"The big issue in the GAA is fixtures, restructuring of competitions and all that and different types of Championship formation. But my own theory on it is that four provincial Championships are still very, very important competitions," he said.

"That's four titles to be won. Now, if you're Dublin, you mightn't value a Leinster Championship but if you're Kildare, Meath or Carlow or Laois or any other county in Leinster, you would dearly love to have a provincial title.

"It's the same in the other provinces and then the big goal is the All Ireland after that. So I'm loath to move away from the provincial structure."

But citing the importance of the Leagues to his own county's development, he did propose an idea: "[The League] unfortunately is played at the wrong time of the year. As you can see the weather's played havoc for the last few weeks and maybe with global warming, the weather's going to keep getting worse at this time of the year so I think it's time to think about moving the League into the summer. [And] I'd bring it back to knockout Championship."


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