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Thursday 24 April 2014

Walsh facing race against time in fight to play for DCU

AIDAN WALSH'S appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) to be allowed play for Dublin City University (DCU) this season is expected to be heard in the coming days.

The Cork star's case was expected to be heard last week but was delayed because DCU's barrister became unavailable.

There is some urgency in getting his case heard now because the reigning Sigerson Cup champions are one of the first two teams in action in the only preliminary-round game in that competition at the end of the month.

Walsh, who lined out for Cork in the McGrath Cup last weekend and enrolled in the university this year to study physical education, has been deemed ineligible for DCU because he previously enrolled in two separate courses at Cork IT.

He did not complete the first of them, transferring and completing a different degree at the same college, and DCU are arguing that his initial registration should not be counted.

poached

The higher education authority only introduced this 'two course' rule this season – to try to stop players from being poached from college to college.

It is believed the DCU will argue that the rule is being unfairly applied to Walsh because it was only introduced last winter and he had no prior knowledge of it when he initially enrolled in CIT.

DCU manager Dr Niall Moyna said they were not taking the case just to get Walsh eligible to play competitively for the college.

"It's not about Aidan playing for DCU, it's the interaction he gets being part of the GAA community within the campus," he said. "If you can't play, how can you feel part of that community?

"I don't care if he ever plays for us, he came to us for his education, which is what is most important, but I still think it's terrible that he's not being allowed to play our national game."

Donegal goalkeeper Michael Boyle, another DCU student, is also being affected by the rule.

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