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Third-level body insists DCU was not targeted in eligibility ruling

Published 08/02/2013 | 04:00

The secretary of Comhairle Ard Oideachais, the body that oversees third-level GAA, has reiterated that no individual colleges or universities are being targeted by regulations brought in two years ago which have precluded Cork's Aidan Walsh from playing with DCU.

Walsh and Donegal goalkeeper Michael Boyle have been prevented from playing in the Sigerson Cup because they have undertaken two previous college courses. Walsh didn't complete one of those courses at Cork IT in 2008/2009, but returned in the autumn of 2009 to take up something else.

A Disputes Resolution Authority hearing earlier this week rejected their appeal against the ruling that prevents them from playing.

That decision led to an angry response from DCU team manager Professor Niall Moyna after their Sigerson Cup quarter-final against Queens on Wednesday.

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Moyna, who is currently physical coach to Down and in recent times was part of Pat Gilroy's Dublin backroom team, said he would no longer promote Gaelic games in his classes and suggested that the All-Ireland-winning captain Michael Murphy felt equally disillusioned.

"Michael Murphy is going to be a PE teacher, so is Paul Flynn and Aidan. Why, why, why would they go out and promote our games if that is the way they are going to be treated? Michael Murphy was disgusted.

"After a team meeting he said that if there was ever an excuse to give up Gaelic games, tonight was certainly it," said Moyna.

But Comhairle Ard Oideachias secretary Michael McMahon felt the ruling was a fair one and stressed they were not seeking to "target" DCU or any other big college.

"This was passed in 2011. It was very well flagged. Prior to the new set of eligibility by laws and regulations coming before our convention, there was a very thorough consultation with all of the colleges."

Irish Independent

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