Roscommon manager takes over in Connacht
It will make a good quiz question in years to come: when did a Galway man, who wasn't managing his native county, take charge of Connacht in the inter-provincial hurling championship?
The answer is 2015 as Justin Campbell has been appointed to manage Connacht in the inter-pros, which take place in Pearse Stadium on the weekend after next.
Campbell is currently managing Roscommon, whom he guided to success in the Nicky Rackard Cup final this year.
The Kiltormer man, who won an All-Ireland club medal in 1992, having won an U-21 title with Galway a year earlier, will be joined by fellow Galwaymen, Noel Larkin and Damien Coleman. Campbell played with Galway seniors during most of the 1990s.
The Galway manager usually takes charge of the provincial side but with no replacement for Anthony Cunningham in place yet, the Connacht Council had to look elsewhere.
Connacht play Ulster in the first semi-final on Saturday week (12.30), followed by Leinster and Munster (2.0.)
The final will also be played in Pearse Stadium on Sunday week (1.30).
John Tobin will manage Connacht footballers, with Ja Fallon and Martin Carney as co-selectors.
The football inter-pros will also be played on the weekend after next, with Munster meeting Leinster in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Saturday (4.0), followed by Ulster v Connacht in Newry (7.0).
The final will be played in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday week (2.30).
- MARTIN BREHENY