Clubs hit over Wicklow row
Wicklow GAA is in the headlines for the wrong reasons once again with a brawl resulting in fines being dished out to two clubs while two players received hefty suspensions for their part in the ugly scenes.
The fracas took place in the second half of a recent Wicklow Senior Hurling League game between St Patrick's and éire Óg Greystones, played in Greystones, and resulted in the game being abandoned.
Referee Ciarán Manley was left with no option but to call a halt to proceedings when the row spilled over to the sideline and intensified with nasty scenes marring a run-of-the-mill fixture with little up for grabs.
Both clubs were slapped with €200 fines for their misdemeanours while it is also believed that two St Patrick's players were hit with suspensions of six months and three months respectively for their part in the shemozzle.
It is understood that éire Óg - managed by Wicklow boss Eamonn Scallan - had no player sanctioned in the latest flashpoint to spoil GAA in the county.
It has been a particularly busy time for suspensions in the GAA with Carlow football boss Turlough O'Brien (20 weeks), coach Steven Poacher and star midfielder Brendan Murphy (both 12 weeks) recently slapped with big bans for using threatening language to an official after a league game.
The Barrowsiders face a mountainous task without the influential trio in Saturday's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath in O'Moore Park and those bans could ruin their championship hopes.