Sunday 17 December 2017

Green light for Fitzgibbon Cup after Mary I's appeal rejected

Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan
Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The Fitzgibbon Cup final will go ahead as scheduled this weekend after Mary Immaculate College's appeal to the Disputes Resolutions Authority (DRA) fell on deaf ears.

The DRA came together in Trim, Co Meath yesterday morning in a hastily-convened meeting after Mary I revealed they would be seeking a hearing on Monday evening.

The Limerick college, who are managed by Eamon Cregan, were appealing the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) decision to rule IT Carlow defender James Gannon eligible for competition.

Carlow had previously been ejected from the competition by third-level chiefs who ruled that Gannon didn't meet the required criteria to play, a decision that put the Treaty side into the knockout stages.

Carlow's reinstatement to the independent.ie-sponsored competition means that Mary I were ejected from the last eight and they sought 'interim relief' from the DRA yesterday morning, something that would have seen the competition delayed significantly.

However, the DRA weren't sufficiently moved and their decision, which came just hours before the first of yesterday's scheduled quarter-finals was due to throw-in, meant the competition was free to proceed.

The ruling also means that this weekend's semi-finals and final, which are down to be played across Friday and Saturday, are also no longer under threat.

However, today's quarter-final winners could face the prospect of three top-level games in just five days should either of them make it all the way to the final.

UL and CIT had already progressed to their respective semi-finals before the row erupted. The final, which will be played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, will be shown live on TG4 on Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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