Weather mars major London GAA festival

Last weekend I was meant to travel to London to attend the inaugural ABC Championships. The planning of this unde-rage GAA festival of sport has been on-going for close to four years and it was specifically intended to run the event as close as possible to the commencement of the Olympic Games.

Last weekend I was meant to travel to London to attend the inaugural ABC Championships. The planning of this unde-rage GAA festival of sport has been on-going for close to four years and it was specifically intended to run the event as close as possible to the commencement of the Olympic Games.

Over 100 teams from all over Britain, plus a number from Ireland, had their travel arrangements booked well in advance. The GAA Council of Britain had expended a lot of effort in organising the event and a gala festival of sport was expected at the Tír Connell Gaels GAA Grounds plus a range of local Westminster Council pitches.

The marquees and tents were in the process of being assembled when word came through that the event had been cancelled, much to the utter disbelief of the organisers. The Westminster Council pitches took an awful battering from the recent heavy rainfall in London and were declared unplayable.

Readers do not need me to spell out the consternation the decision caused and not least the disappointment to the hundreds of young children who were descending on London for their own version of the Olympic Games.

It may not be possible to reschedule the event this year, so those young children will have to wait until 2013 to enjoy the inaugural ABC Championships.