Saturday 22 July 2017

Galvin to play for DIT in Sigerson

Paul Galvin will play for DIT in the forthcoming Sigerson Cup, it has emerged, WRITES COLM KEYS.

Galvin will be present in Croke Park later today for the launch of the competition, the finals of which are being staged in UCD this year.

The 2009 Footballer of the Year has taken up a course in fashion in DIT and his name was on a press release from Croke Park yesterday, signalling his presence at today's launch -- that indicates that he is eligible.

DIT will be one of the strongest teams in the competition and impressed in a recent O'Byrne Cup victory over Wexford. Galvin, who made a name for himself in the competition with UCC in the late 1990s, will link up with Mayo's Aidan O'Shea, Tom Cunniffe and Alan Freeman, Galway's Gareth Bradshaw and Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly.

Experts tell Kelly never to play again

Former Laois star Tom Kelly has been told by doctors never to play Gaelic football again.

The St Joseph's man suffered a horrific injury when he broke a bone in his neck playing for his club against Arles-Kileen in a league match in April last year.

He's made a good recovery, considering the seriousness of the injury, but has been warned that he'd seriously risk his future health if he played football again.

"I've been told never to play again because it would be too dangerous," says Kelly. "I'm only 31; to think I'll never play football again is tough to swallow."

Kelly can be proud of his career, though, with a Leinster title and an All Star under his belt.

Leinster Council's stadium pledge

The Leinster Council's Strategic Vision and Action plan has pledged to look at the development of a centrally located stadium in the province over the next two years, writes colm keys.

The plan, released yesterday, covers the core areas where the Leinster Council hope to develop Gaelic games in the most rapidly expanding areas of the country on the eastern seaboard.

A centrally developed stadium would have the potential to host provincial finals with lower expected capacities if they arose and could also be the new home for a Leinster hurling final in the future. O'Moore Park in Portloaise would be favourite for any potential upgrade. The five-year plan also aims to raise revenues from non ticket sales by 10pc.

Leinster's ceo Michael Delaney sees plenty of potential in the report.

"I would point to the proposed restructuring of the Leinster Council committees to make them more relevant to current needs, the proposed establishment of a Leinster Council Advisory Group which is to include the 12 Leinster county chairmen and the establishment of a comprehensive match-day event plan as key points," he said.

Irish Independent

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