Friday 30 September 2016

Dubs may lose McCaffrey to summer study trip

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

McCaffrey could miss a large part of Dublin's championship defence if he opts to undertake an elective module as part of his UCD medical studies Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
McCaffrey could miss a large part of Dublin's championship defence if he opts to undertake an elective module as part of his UCD medical studies Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Dublin are preparing for the absence of another big name with Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey considering a study-related trip abroad later this year.

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McCaffrey could miss a large part of Dublin's championship defence if he opts to undertake an elective module as part of his UCD medical studies. This involves undergraduates travelling to overseas clinics, generally for a six-week period during their summer holidays, and is considered a prestigious and worthwhile opportunity when it presents itself. The All-Ireland champions are already without Rory O'Carroll, who is heading for New Zealand for the year.

Meanwhile, Armagh and Fermanagh are both facing heavy fines as a result of their interval tunnel altercation in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night.

Players and officials from both sides clashed as they made their way off the field at half-time in their Allianz Division 2 league match, prompting a Central Competition Controls Committee investigation. It is understood the fines proposed are €5,000 each.

Sean Quigley looks set to miss Fermanagh's match with Laois on Sunday after being hit with a proposed one-match ban for his involvement in another off-the-ball incident in that game.

It is not expected that Quigley will seek a hearing.

Armagh have already been hit with fines of €5,000 and €6,500 over the last two years for their involvement in incidents in a championship game against Cavan and a challenge match against Dublin.

Meanwhile, Castlebar Mitchels and Crossmaglen Rangers have both been fined for the sideline incident at the end of their recent All-Ireland club semi-final in Cavan. Players and officials from both sides became embroiled as Crossmaglen were prevented from taking a quick sideline.

Castlebar have accepted a €1,500 penalty as they concentrate on their All-Ireland final against Ballyboden St Enda's but the Ulster champions may challenge a €1,000 fine.

Crossmaglen have appointed former joint-manager Gareth O'Neill as their new manager for 2016.

O'Neill was involved with Tony McEntee when they won All-Ireland club titles in 2011 and 2012.

He takes over from John McEntee and Oisin McConville, though McConville may still be involved in a coaching capacity.

Irish Independent

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