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Gaelic: Gilroy has hope for Connolly clearance

DIARMUID CONNOLLY’S first attempt to overturn the fourweek ban which threatens his participation in this month’s All-Ireland SFC final will be heard on Monday night.

Better news for Dublin, however, is the revelation that flying wing-forward Paul Flynn is expected to be fit to face Kerry on September 18. Connolly’s hearing takes place on Monday, after which he will still be entitled to take his case to the Central Appeals Committee should the CHC fail to grant a reprieve.


Dublin manager Pat Gilroy said last night that he was “hopeful” his St Vincent’s club-mate would be available to play in the final. “You just have to be hopeful,” he told the Herald. “The general feeling we’ve got from people is that it would be very harsh for him to miss an All-Ireland final for that incident. But we just have to go with whatever happens.” Flynn, meanwhile, is set to regain full fitness in time to take his place in the Dublin attack despite initials fears that he had torn his hamstring in the semi-final victory over Donegal last weekend. Flynn described the injury as “a slight bit of a strain” and confirmed it was not a grade two tear.

Gilroy also confirmed that full-back Rory O’Carroll was not a doubt for the final.