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Rebels' royal snub 'no issue'

Cork have "no issue" with the absence of any of their footballers from Croke Park for the official visit of Queen Elizabeth, writes Colm Keys.

Four players -- Tipperary hurlers Padraic Maher and Lar Corbett, Dublin footballer Kevin Nolan and Meath footballer Joe Sheridan -- met the Queen at Croke Park.

The presence of two members of the All-Ireland hurling champions sparked curiosity as to why there were no representatives from the football champions.

The Cork footballers were also overlooked for the St Patrick's Day visit to the White House when Tipp hurler Eoin Kelly and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan met Barack Obama at a reception.

Choosing players for the Queen's visit was apparently left to the Gaelic Players Association, who remained tight-lipped about how they invited players.

Cork PRO Ger Lane said yesterday that he couldn't be certain if no Cork player was asked, but even if they weren't his board had "no issue".

"A few people might have said it to me in a personal capacity but within the board there has been no mention of it," he said. "There would have been more of an issue about none of our players getting invited to the White House."

Irish Independent