Hurling on the streets of Carrick - Councillor defends her proposal

While Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan’s proposal to ban the playing of hurling on Carrick’s streets has been rejected, she insists the publicity surrounding the issue has led to a noticeable decrease in anti-social behaviour problems involving hurleys.

While Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan’s proposal to ban the playing of hurling on Carrick’s streets has been rejected, she insists the publicity surrounding the issue has led to a noticeable decrease in anti-social behaviour problems involving hurleys.

She said she proposed by-laws because the misuse of hurleys was a major concern raised by residents at a public meeting, which heard reports of pets being tortured and killed by hurley wielding youths in the town. At the next Council meeting, she cited the nuisance caused by people playing hurling on the town’s streets when tabling the proposal.

Responding to negative public and social media reaction, she wrote on her Facebook page that she did not propose banning the game of hurling in Carrick and was upset there were people in the town trying to discredit her.

She claimed an editorial in The Nationalist “distorted” the facts but this paper disagrees.