Tuesday 21 November 2017

IT Sligo reinstated to the Independent.ie Sigerson Cup after appeal

The IT Sligo Sigerson Cup team which faced Queen’s University in the opening game in Belfast on Wednesday
The IT Sligo Sigerson Cup team which faced Queen’s University in the opening game in Belfast on Wednesday

Cóilín Duffy

IT Sligo have been reinstated in the Independent.ie Sigerson Cup, following a successful appeal to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) last night.

The Western college had initially been ejected from the tournament last week, after fielding Student’s Union President Stephen Doak in their 1-9 to 0-8 win after extra-time over Queens University at The Dub.

IT Sligo successfully appealed the ruling, as while the rule not allowing Sabbatical Officers to play had been included in the rulebook in the past, it simply had been omitted from the current constitution.

The Martin McHugh managed side will now face UCC in the last of the Independent.ie Sigerson Cup quarter-finals this Friday in the Mardyke at 2pm.

Meanwhile, there was good news also for Queens University Belfast, who will now be officially allowed to play students from Stranmillis University College.

There had been some doubts over the eligibility of the teacher training college students to play for QUB, despite holding the relevant Queens University student cards, as a GAA Club has been established in the college in the past two years.

Indeed, Stranmillis will play in the third tier Independent.ie Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Gaelic Football Championship this afternoon, when they face Mater Dei in Crossmaglen.

The CAC ruling effectively means that from next year there will be no GAA Club at Stranmillis.

This judgement may also cause further headaches for Higher Education GAA Chiefs, as many colleges, particularly specialist colleges, such as Teacher Training Institutes are also connected to larger universities.

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