MERCURIAL Kerry star Paul Galvin is moving to Dublin -- but to follow fashion, not play football.
The brilliant 2009 Footballer of the Year -- whose 2008 and 2010 seasons were decimated by suspension -- has enrolled in Dublin Institute of Technology to pursue a diploma in fashion. Galvin is injured, which means he is not playing for Kerry in the McGrath Cup, and studying in Dublin, at any stage of the year, would not preclude him from playing for his county.
Galvin is understood to have informed Kerry manager Jack O'Connor at training last Tuesday of his new study commitments.
Meanwhile, Tipperary hurling manager Declan Ryan's first inter-county selection features just three players involved in last year's All-Ireland final. With the champions only returning to collective training last Tuesday after a team holiday in Jamaica, they will field an experimental side for Ryan's first game in charge against Waterford IT in the Waterford Crystal tournament in Clonmel tomorrow.
Conor O'Mahony is the only one selected from last year's All-Ireland winning starters, but David Young and Conor O'Brien -- who both came off the bench in that final -- are also starting. However, three of last year's All-Ireland winning U-21s who are expected to make a big impression this year -- Sean Carey, John Coughlan and John O'Neill -- are included, and the bench includes stars Shane McGrath, Paul Curran and Brendan Cummins. James Woodlock is back after a long injury lay-off as well.
Elsewhere, former Mayo senior Billy Joe Padden is expected to make his debut for Armagh tomorrow after being named on the bench for their Dr McKenna Cup clash with Down.
Ulster Council announced yesterday that flags will be flown at half-mast and a minute's silence observed at all of this weekend's McKenna Cup games as a mark of respect to the bereaved Harte and McAreavey families.
The Fermanagh v Tyrone match has been refixed for Wednesday, January 26 and the Monaghan versus QUB game, due to be played tomorrow, has been brought forward to today in Clones (2.0).
Meanwhile, the 2009 Young Footballer of the Year, Donegal's Michael Murphy, has quashed rumours he is about to make a club transfer to Dublin side Parnell's.
"I don't know where these rumours have come from but they're simply not true. I will be playing for Glenswilly this season," the DCU student said.
Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has made one change to his team for tomorrow's O'Byrne Cup clash with DCU -- calling in David Whyte at the expense of Fionn Dowling.
In other news, Galway manager Tomas O Flatharta is all but resigned to losing ace forward Michael Meehan for the entire National League campaign, as he is recovering from injury.
Tipperary (SH v WIT) -- D Gleeson; C O'Brien, J Coughlan, E Connolly; D Young, C O'Mahony, H Moloney; S Carey, M Gleeson; J Brennan, P Fanning, D Hickey; J O'Neill, D Egan, P Bourke. Subs: B Cummins, J Woodlock, G Ryan, S Lillis, T Dalton, J O'Dwyer, P Curran, B Dunne, S McGrath, P Kelly, P Kerwick.