Chairman: ‘U-17s have lifted the whole county!’


Roscommon County Board Chairman, Seamus Sweeney, believes the success of the U-17s in reaching an All-Ireland final at Croke Park has provided a boost to the entire county.

  “It is a really huge achievement for this team to get to an All-Ireland final. The team is improving with every game they play and it is a great tribute to the hard work the coaches and management team have put in with them. It is also a credit to everyone involved in coaching and games development in the county over the years. These young lads have been brought on from the age of 14 and it shows what can be done,” he said.

  Mr. Sweeney went on to pay tribute to the players’ parents before highlighting the boost an All-Ireland title would give to Roscommon football.

  “I also want to say a huge thank you to the parents of these players for their support. The role of parents goes unnoticed at times but it is so important to us. They have been hugely supportive. To get to an All-Ireland final in Croke Park is massive for Roscommon football and it has lifted the whole county after the seniors’ great efforts.

  “I would say to the U-17s now to work hard and finish the job off. It would be great to bring an All-Ireland title back to the county. I would also like to thank our supporters. We have wonderful support. We have a big issue with the small number of tickets that came into the county for this game but we have no control over that.

  “However, following representations from Roscommon County Board, the game will be shown live on TG4 and we are delighted about that,” he concluded.