LIMERICK county champions have been stripped of the honour of nominating the inter-county hurling and football captains at senior, U-21 and minor level.
Ahead of last Tuesday nightâ€™s County Board meeting Limerick was one of just a handful of counties that continued with the tradition of the county champions selecting the respective team captains.
However, there was little resistance to the change when the club delegates voted on the change of regulation, which was proposed by Croom GAA club.
â€œNo one should be deprived of the honour of captaining Limerick just because of where they were born,â€ said Croomâ€™s Seamus Twomey, who proposed the change.
â€œEvery team has show great leaders that will never be captain,â€ he suggested.
â€œAt minor and U-21 level a club can win a championship with a great team but then the following year it is a raw young fella that carries the pressure of being captain,â€ he explained.
The motion was seconded by Eibhear Oâ€™Dea.
On a show of hands, the change was easily implemented and becomes effective immediately.
Ahead of the meeting, the Limerick senior footballers selected their captain.
Maurice Horan announced that Seanie Buckley of champions Dromcollogher-Broadford would be their choice regardless of the County Board decision.
Ian Ryan of St Senans was confirmed as the vice-captain.
Attention now turns to John Allen.
However, he can afford to take his time as Limerick donâ€™t have their next competitive game until the round one league game against Antrim on February 24 in the Gaelic Grounds.
There are two former inter-county captains in the panel at present - David Breen and Gavin Oâ€™Mahony.
Donal Oâ€™Grady it appears would be the choice of many supporters.
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