Monday 22 January 2018

IT Carlow launch Fitzgibbon Cup appeal

IT Carlow's Stephen Maher at the launch of the Fitzgibbon Cup
IT Carlow's Stephen Maher at the launch of the Fitzgibbon Cup

Cóilín Duffy

IT Carlow have appealed the decision by Comhairle Ardoideachais (CA) to exclude them from the Fitzgibbon Cup, after a ruling that they fielded a part-time student.

The IT Carlow Hurling Club this afternoon lodged an appeal with CA, over the decision to award points from their Fitzgibbon Cup Round robin Group C meeting with Mary Immaculate College.

On Monday, Higher Education GAA Chiefs ruled that IT Carlow Business student James Gannon was only doing a part-time course, which made him ineligible to play for the IT under CA bye-laws.

Gannon is pursuing the course as part of a graduate scheme through Glanbia.

IT Carlow recorded impressive wins over Maynooth University and Mary Immaculate College.

The Group ultimately came down to scoring difference, with WIT finishing as group winners, and IT Carlow in second spot, with Mary Immaculate College losing out on a knock-out place.

As a result of Monday's ruling, Mary I have been reinstated in the competition as the Group winners.

An IT Carlow Hurling Club representative said, "The appeal is being lodged today, one day ahead of the deadline, in order to minimise disruption to the competition.

"The Fitzgibbon Cup is a very prestigious competition and one that all third-level hurlers aspire to play in. In the interest of all remaining teams in the Fitzgibbon Cup, IT Carlow hurling club hopes the matter will be resolved as quickly as possible.”

At present the two quarter-finals affected by the ruling are due to take place in Limerick on Thursday afternoon at 3pm.

Limerick IT host Waterford IT, and Mary Immaculate College will face DIT.

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