In Brief: GPA donate €10k to New York cause
The Gaelic Players Association last night made a donation of €10,000 to the New York County Board towards their squad development.
The GPA supports the New York squad annually as they sit outside the government funding scheme for county players.
New York officials received the cheque from GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell at the GPA gala awards night, where Players of the Year Michael Darragh Macauley and Tony Kelly were on hand as publisher and journalist Niall O'Dowd and ICON chief executive Ciaran Murray were honoured.
At last night's event, hosted in the famous New York Athletic Club, Farrell spoke about the important difference the GPA player programmes can make to players' lives off the field in the wake of yesterday's exclusive interview with Shane McAnarney in the Irish Independent, in which the Meath man spoke of how he had to go undergo heart bypass surgery.
DUBS TO START SEASON WITH MULLINGAR CLASH
DUBLIN will open their 2014 season in Mullingar, where they will take on Westmeath in the O'Byrne Cup on January 5.
The group also includes Louth and DCU, who will both play the All-Ireland champions at Parnell Park. The Wee County will be the visitors on Wednesday January 8, with DCU up the following Sunday.
With more colleges interest than the Leinster Council could accommodate, UCD and Trinity will play off in the coming weeks to decide who gets the last spot in Group A alongside Laois, Wexford and Offaly.
NO APPEAL OVER BRENNAN RED CARD
ST VINCENT'S have decided not to appeal against the red card shown to Ger Brennan last Sunday.
The Dublin champions were initially adamant that Brennan was sent off in error during their Leinster quarter-final victory over St Loman's in Mullingar. However, manager Tommy Conroy said they had decided that appealing it "would end up being too much of a distraction."