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Leitrim lads 'won't play'

"Despite a week of feverish speculation and rumours, there will be no return to the Leitrim senior football team for dropped players Wayne McKeon, Tomás Beirne, Shane Moran and Conor Beirne after a week that has rocked the preparations of the county squad ahead of the Connacht semi-final against London on Sunday, June 23.

"The news, first revealed by the Leitrim Observer last Wednesday afternoon, that the four players had been dropped for "breaches of discipline that have fallen below the strict code of standards as agreed by team management and players" was greeted with shock, anger, dismay and a level of emotion that caused the entire situation to be compared to the infamous Roy Keane (pictured) and Mick McCarthy row in Saipan."

– THE LEITRIM OBSERVER in at least minor danger of seeping into the realms of melodrama.

"(EMMET McDONNELL) (pictured below) is hopeful that Offaly won't lose players to the USA for the summer. "We will be very hopeful, we have spoken to all the players individually and every one of them gave the commitment. They now know that they are not a million miles away and they are going to buy into this."

– A segment from THE TULLAMORE TRIBUNE's Offaly v Kildare match report, published on Wednesday . . . swiftly followed by . . .

"OFFALY manager Emmet McDonnell has been dealt a major blow after losing two members of his panel to emigration..."

– From THE IRISH SUN on Thursday.