Tuesday, April 13, 2021

An appeal by a top Mayo senior hurler to continue to be allowed play for Tooreen Hurling Club has failed.

Ballina native Sean Regan has appealed Mayo GAA’s decision that would deny him to remain a player with Tooreen Hurling Club. Picture: David Farrell Photography

Sean Regan appeared before a special three-man committee of Mayo County Board last Thursday night to challenge a previous decision of Mayo GAA’s Competitions Control Committee, who ruled that he is only eligible to play for Ballina Stephenites GAA Club now that the Moyside outfit has decided to enter an adult hurling team into competition for the 2021 season.

On Monday night, however, Regan was informed that his appeal had been unsuccessful. It’s understood the player intends to launch a second appeal and has two days in which to do so.

Ballina native Regan has played for Tooreen since 2014 during which time there was no adult hurling team in his home parish. He has since won four Mayo senior hurling titles with the Blues, two historic Connacht intermediate hurling titles, and was also a member of the Mayo hurling team that contested Nicky Rackard Cup finals in Croke Park on two occasions, including victory in 2016. All the while the talented dual star has continued to play senior football for Ballina Stephenites having previously featured on minor and U21 county football teams.

Sean Regan has continued to play football for Ballina Stephenites throughout his seven years as a senior hurler with Tooreen. Picture: David Farrell Photography

Interestingly, the Stephenites are supportive of Sean Regan’s wish to remain a Tooreen hurler, and their secretary Mags Downey-Martin participated in Thursday night’s appeal hearing, stating that neither her club’s football or hurling committees have any objection to Regan’s wish to continue his Tooreen career. Also assisting in Regan’s appeal was Tooreen GAA chairman Dom Greally.

Donegal’s Kevin Kealy chasing Sean Regan of Mayo during last season’s Nicky Rackard Cup final in Croke Park. Picture: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Ballina are set to compete in a county junior hurling championship alongside Caiseal Gaels and the ‘B’ teams of Tooreen and Castlebar Mitchels whereas Tooreen’s ‘A’ team – of which Regan has been an integral member – will have designs of recapturing their county senior and provincial intermediate crowns having surrendered the TJ Tyrell Cup to arch-rivals Ballyhaunis last season.

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