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Cooney primed for Offaly job as last man standing

GERRY COONEY has emerged as the latest front-runner for the long-vacant post of managing the Offaly senior footballers.

Controversy has dogged the appointments process in Offaly. Tom Coffey withdrew in frustration as the saga dragged on, fellow Rhode man Stephen Darby is out of the running after declining to meet the committee for a second talk, while the management plans of former Dublin star Jack Sheedy were deemed not acceptable.

But Cooney now appears to have jumped to the top of a dwindling queue. The Meath man has previously served as an Offaly selector under Kevin Kilmurray and, at one point last autumn, was deemed favourite to succeed Eamonn O'Brien in the Royal hotseat before Seamus McEnaney was instead installed as Meath's first outside boss.

FRESH from their All-Ireland triumph, the Dublin football team has announced details of its annual golf classic which takes place at Carton House on Friday, November 18.

The four-ball Stableford competition tees off at 10am over the O'Meara and Montgomerie courses; the cost per team is €1,000 covering green fees, continental breakfast on arrival, hot snack and refreshments on course, three-course buffet meal and the opportunity to meet 'Sam Maguire', while tee sponsorship are available for €250.

All funds raised will go towards Dublin's annual team costs and holiday. To secure your four-ball contact Mark Doyle on 087-2608656.

IT'S been a rough few days for the Australian Football League's Irish contingent with rookie Chris McKaigue today being delisted by the Sydney Swans after two seasons with the club.

McKaigue failed to make a senior debut during his time at the Harbour City club. His delisting follows hot on the heels of Jamie O'Reilly's release from Richmond Tigers and Setanta ó hAilpín's sacking at Carlton.

However, the Swans still have one Irish man on their books after they secured a deal with St Kilda for the services of Tommy Walsh. Tadhg Kennelly retired from the club at the end of the season.