AN APPEAL by Errigal Ciaran to get Damien McDermott's suspension lifted in time for tomorrow's Ulster club SFC semi-final against arch-rivals Crossmaglen has failed, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.
McDermott started in their quarter-final defeat of Ballinderry, but was sent off in the 47th minute after an off-the-ball incident and his appeal to Ulster Council was unsuccessful.
A Limerick GAA supporter has also failed in his attempt to have a 96-week suspension overturned. Martin Stokes was handed the heavy ban after an incident during the drawn county SFC final between his club Dromcollogher-Broadford and Newcastle West.
The Limerick Central Hearings Committee has upheld the suspension handed out by their own county board.
Meanwhile ,the investigation into the schemozzle at the end of the Clare MHC final, in which mentors from Kilmaley and Clarecastle – including Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly – were pictured in heated exchanges, has still not concluded.
A spokesman for the Clare minor hurling board said last night that the investigation is still ongoing and they are still awaiting its report.
Both team managers, Kilmaley's Niall Romer and Clarecastle's Tom Howard (the new Kerry senior hurling manager), were red-carded at the time so will automatically receive suspensions.
And while Daly is believed to have escaped mention in the referee's report it is believed he could yet also get a ban which might affect his involvement with Dublin. It has emerged since that Kilmaley boss Romer had already received a proposed 48-week ban from an earlier minor game, but he was able to take his usual role for the county final because he was in the process of appealing it.