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In brief: Rock takes reins at Royal champs up with Armagh

Barney Rock has taken over as manager of Meath champions Skryne.

The former Dublin star left Celbridge, with whom he won the Kildare championship, at the end of last season.

Rock, who previously managed Duleek-Bellewstown with some success, replaces Liam Harnan, who is now assistant to new Louth manager Seamus McEnaney.

Padden set to link up with Armagh

Former Mayo footballer Billy Joe Padden is poised to link up with Armagh. Padden, who has won the Connacht championship three times with Mayo, is now living in south Armagh and is in the process of transferring from his native Belmullet to Carrickcruppin.

Armagh secretary Paddy Og Nugent said that once the transfer was complete it was "likely" he would train with the Armagh seniors.

"I'm sure Paddy O'Rourke would be interested in having a look at him," said Nugent.

A son of former Mayo legend Willie Joe Padden, Billy Joe was one of Mayo's most versatile players in recent years.

Corduff's junior title in balance

Monaghan club Corduff will find out tonight if they can keep the Ulster club junior title when the Ulster Council will hear an appeal from Swanlinbar, the Cavan club they beat in the final, against the legality of one of the Corduff players.

It is alleged that the player who scored the winning goal in the final was U-16 last season. Under GAA rules, adult teams are not allowed to field U-16s and the penalty for such an offence is forfeiture of the game.

Roscommon honour former star Earley

Former Roscommon star Dermot Earley is to be honoured by his home county with the creation of a bursary in his name.

The student financial assistance package, to be put in place by the Roscommon County Council, will be awarded to one student from the county each year, starting next September.

  • Offaly's postponed O'Byrne Cup match with DCU will now go ahead tomorrow night in Rhode (7.30).

The Westmeath versus Dublin and Meath versus UCD games will be played tonight.

  • The postponed Connacht FBD League games have been rescheduled for Sunday, January 30.
  • The Munster Club SFC final between Dr Crokes and Nemo Rangers will be played on Sunday, January 30, at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Irish Independent