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Former All Star defender Kieran Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile

Former All Star defender Kieran Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile

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Former All Star defender Kieran Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile

Kieran Fitzgerald may have retired during lockdown after a glittering club career, but the Corofin legend won't be stepping away from the fold after recently being drafted into their backroom team.

The 39-year-old brought the curtain down on his playing days in the wake of securing his fourth All-Ireland club SFC title in January but manager Kevin O'Brien has ensured that the squad will not lose his experience and he takes up a management role.

It was always planned that former All Star defender Fitzgerald - an All-Ireland SFC winner with Galway in 2001 - would become part of the backroom team, where he joins other former players like Michael Comer, Dave Morris and Joe Canney.

The 14-time Galway SFC winner will be hoping to help his former team-mates lift county honours for the eighth time in succession when they commence their campaign next weekend.

Pearse Stadium will play host to a truly unique opening round clash as the reigning All-Ireland club SFC champions face off against All-Ireland intermediate winners Oughterard on Sunday week.

In Wexford, uncertainty over a possible Covid-19 case led to Naomh Eanna standing down their U-15 team. With a worrying and steadying increase in numbers, the North Wexford club were forced to move rapidly when the father of one of the U-15 players reported of having felt unwell.

The extent of the problem was not known, but according to Club Chairman, Nicky Stafford, the club reacted immediately.

"We contacted Croke Park, followed the guidelines last week, while putting the protocol in place. We stood down the Under-15 team immediately.'

Stafford added: "The father immediately undertook the test, which was back the following day. Thankfully the result was negative."

Irish Independent