IT Carlow have been reinstated in the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup, with today’s quarter-finals postponed, after a meeting of the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) last night.
The South Leinster college successfully appealed their expulsion from the top-tier Higher Education Hurling Championship, after CAC members took over five hours to reach a decision at Croke Park last night.
Colleges were informed around 1.15am - approximately an hour after the meeting, while official notification of the postponement of fixtures came via email at 2am.
IT Carlow had been deemed to have fielded a part-time student by the GAA’s Higher Education Committee (Comhairle Ardoideachais - CA) on Monday, with the dispute centering around Kilkennyman James Gannon who is pursuing a Graduate programme at IT Carlow with Glanbia.
Mary Immaculate College had argued that Gannon was doing a part-time course, a decision which CA ruled in agreement with, and the points for Mary I’s group stages meeting with IT Carlow were awarded to the Limerick college, who gained a place in the quarter-finals as a result.
Mary I were due to face DIT this afternoon in the rescheduled quarter-finals, while Limerick IT and Waterford IT were also due to meet in Limerick.
Today’s quarter-final ties have now been postponed.
It is unclear at present if Comhairle Ardoideachais or Mary Immaculate College will use the next route available to them - the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).