Anthony Cunningham not bound for Boston with Galway team with future unclear
Anthony Cunningham won't be manager of the Galway hurling team for the Fenway Hurling Classic or 'Super 11s' which takes places at the home ground of the famed Boston Red Sox baseball team on Sunday, November 22, the Irish Independent understands.
Cunningham's future as Galway manager remains unclear as he and the players who have registered their opposition to the Galway board over his continuation for a fifth year engage in a mediation process.
But with the Galway party due to leave for Boston, where a crowd in excess of 25,000 is expected to be in Fenway Park for the match against Dublin, Cunningham won't be with them. It is unclear who will take charge of the team in his absence.
The matter is rumbling on into a sixth week since Galway ratified Cunningham for 2016 at the end of September.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the GAA's Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee, Ger Ryan, has said his group will look into the bizarre incident that saw a player from Tipperary intermediate club Clonakenny require surgery to have the helmet of a colleague, which had been impaled in his hand, removed by surgery yesterday.
Conor Ryan was playing for his club in an intermediate semi-final against Cork's Newcestown. It is not clear how the freak accident happened but Ryan appeared to make contact with his colleague JJ Ryan's helmet as he fell.
Conor Ryan spent the night with the helmet attached to his hand before having it surgically removed in a Cork hospital yesterday morning.
"We'll have a look at it," said Ger Ryan.
"We'll examine if there are any implications from this for the wider use of helmets."