Saturday 18 November 2017

IT Carlow reinstated to Fitzgibbon Cup with today's quarter-finals OFF

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 been reinstated in the Fitzgibbon Cup, with today’s quarter-finals postponed, after a meeting of the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) last night.

The South Leinster college successfully appealed their expulsion from the top-tier Higher Education Hurling Championship, after CAC members took over five hours to reach a decision at Croke Park last night.

Colleges were informed around 1.15am - approximately an hour after the meeting, while official notification of the postponement of fixtures came via email at 2am.

IT Carlow had been deemed to have fielded a part-time student by the GAA’s Higher Education Committee (Comhairle Ardoideachais - CA) on Monday, with the dispute centering around Kilkennyman James Gannon who is pursuing a Graduate programme at IT Carlow with Glanbia.

Mary Immaculate College had argued that Gannon was doing a part-time course, a decision which CA ruled in agreement with, and the points for Mary I’s group stages meeting with IT Carlow were awarded to the Limerick college, who gained a place in the quarter-finals as a result.

Mary I were due to face DIT this afternoon in the rescheduled quarter-finals, while Limerick IT and Waterford IT were also due to meet in Limerick.

Today’s quarter-final ties have now been postponed.

It is unclear at present if Comhairle Ardoideachais or Mary Immaculate College will use the next route available to them - the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

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