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All-Ireland Winner Wants To 'Burn All The Hurleys' To Help His County Get Back On Top

Gary Reilly
By Gary Reilly Updated

Last month the Football Steering Group (FSG) for Meath met with members of the local GAA community to discuss how to put the Royal county back where they feel they belong. The group which includes Colm O'Rourke, Sean Boylan and Gerry McEntee, made a presentation to those gathered at Pairc Táilteann outlining a plan to improve the fortunes of Meath football from underage through to senior level.

From their heydays of the late eighties and nineties, Meath's fortunes have certainly taken a drastic turn. The Royals haven't reached an All-Ireland final since 2001 and aside from that win against Louth in 2010, they have looked like lambs to the slaughterhouse that is the Dublin dominated Leinster Championship.

That's not the way it's supposed to be in a county with as proud a tradition as Meath. So what is to be done about it?

For a start, they need to destroy all the hurleys according to Gerry McEntee. The Meath midfield legend, was speaking at last month's meeting when he was asked by a representative of the Drumree club how hurling in the county would benefit from the increased expenditure planned by the FSG.

According to the Meath Chronicle, McEntee's (presumably facetious) response was that there should 'be no hurling in Meath' and that 'all hurleys should be burned'.

We'll leave aside the fact that Sean Boylan was a hurler himself first and foremost, but it would certainly be interesting to see him lead his former charges through the county on a hurley burning rampage in the expectation of getting the footballers to another All-Ireland final.

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