IT Carlow to appeal expulsion from Fitzgibbon Cup
IT Carlow officials will "vehemently appeal" against the shock decision to expel them from the independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup.
Higher education GAA chiefs chucked DJ Carey-managed IT Carlow out of the competition yesterday following an objection, lodged by Mary Immaculate College, to the eligibility of Kilkenny's James Gannon.
But IT Carlow insist that Ballyragget clubman Gannon, studying a business course, is fully entitled to play in the competition.
HE GAA ruled that Gannon was ineligible because he is studying on a part-time basis but IT Carlow are adamant that he is fulfilling a 60 credits course.
Legal avenues were being explored last night as IT Carlow prepared an appeal which could delay the conclusion of the tournament.
IT Carlow were due to play Limerick IT in this afternoon's quarter-final but Mary I have been reinstated and will play DIT on Thursday. Now deemed to have won the group, Mary I's elevation to top spot has had a knock-on effect for Waterford IT, who have conceded home advantage in the last eight and will now instead play LIT on Thursday.
IT Carlow trained last night and according to onlookers, their players were "gutted" as they were put through their paces.
And a source insisted: "It's a full-time course that James is studying and he's more legitimate than a lot of players playing third level GAA. We will vehemently appeal this."
IT Carlow team management and officials are also fuming as word of the objection came through shortly before 7pm on Friday evening. With the institute closed for the weekend, they had little time to prepare a response.
On Sunday afternoon, IT Carlow were summoned to a hearing scheduled for later that evening, which reportedly lasted for three hours. They learned their fate yesterday.