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Limerick mourns death of Herbert

LIMERICK: The death has occurred in Limerick of former county hurler Michael Herbert, who played during the Mick Mackey era and won a National League medal in 1947.

A former Fianna Fail TD for East Limerick, he was later elected to the European Parliament. His hurling career was cut short when he suffered a serious head injury in a domestic championship game.

Owner of a public house on the outskirts of Limerick city, on the Dublin Road, he had a lifelong association with the Ahane club.

KILDARE - Conor O'Hehir, grandson of the legendary GAA commentator Micheál Ó Hehir, captained the Naas U14 hurlers to a 2-7 to 2-2 victory over Kilmoyley of Kerry in the All-Ireland Féile na nGael Division 3 final at the weekend. The team was managed by Conor's father, Peter, a noted horseracing commentator.

CAVAN - Paul Brady will miss Saturday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Kildare as he has decided to travel to America on Friday to defend his World handball title which he won in such dramatic fashion last year.

His place will be filled by team captain Anthony Forde who is back from a three-month suspension. Star forward Jason Reilly is also available again after injury.

DUBLIN - Last year's Leinster minor winning captain John McCaffrey is fully recovered from his hamstring troubles and will line out at midfield for the county U21 hurlers in this evening's Leinster semi-final clash with Offaly in Parnell Park. He will be partnered by Willie Lowry who had a run out with the senior footballers at the start of the year.

CLARE - The county board have received ten submissions from developers interested in buying Cusack Park in Ennis. A final decision has been delayed until August, but a recent poll suggests that most clubs in Clare were overwhelmingly in favour of moving out of Cusack Park to a new ground on a greenfield site.

MONAGHAN - Gormley uPVC Systems have been unveiled as the new sponsors of the Monaghan senior football championship.

POC FADA - The Martin Donnelly Leinster Poc Fada final takes place in the Curragh tomorrow evening (7.30). A total of 11 counties will be represented - Jimmy Donnelly (Kildare), Tom Finn (Wicklow), Leon O'Connell (Wexford), Niall Hackett (Meath), John Clooney (Laois), Shane O'Connor (Offaly), Mark Ryan (Carlow), Stephen Smith (Louth), Ciarán Muldowney (Kilkenny), Brian Kirby (Longford) and Alan Nolan (Dublin).

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WEXFORD - There are five changes on the Wexford U21 hurling team to meet Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final in Callan this evening (7.30). Gary Hill, Stephen Morris, Barry Kehoe, Ger Flood and Alan O'Neill take over from Colin Breen, Tom Waters, Alan Griffith, Robert Butler and Nicky Kirwan.

Kilkenny have included four senior players - John Dalton, James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick, Richard Power and Donncha Cody - in their line-up.

WEXFORD (U21 HC v Kilkenny) - E Martin; B Malone, M Kinsella, B Kenny; A Kavanagh, R Kehoe, G Hill; S Morris, PJ Nolan; B Kehoe, S Nolan, G Flood; A O'Neill, M Doyle, C O'Connor (capt)

KILKENNY - L Tierney; K Joyce, D Cody, S Cummins; J Dalton, J Tennyson, P Hartley; P Hogan, M Finlay; J Cha Fitzpatrick, A Murphy, T J Reid; E O'Donoghue, R Power, D McCormack.

- Conor McKeon

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