Sunday 17 December 2017

Mary I appeal IT Carlow reinstatement in Fitzgibbon Cup to DRA

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

Mary Immaculate College GAA officials have confirmed this evening that an appeal has been submitted to the Disputes Resolution Authority over the reinstatement of IT Carlow in the Fitzgibbon Cup.

Last week, Comhairle Ardoideachais (CA) ruled that IT Carlow student James Gannon was ineligible to play for the college, as he was deemed by GAA Higher Education chiefs that his Glanbia Graduate programme through IT Carlow was a part-time course.

Gannon had featured in IT Carlow’s games against Maynooth University and Mary Immaculate College.

However, IT Carlow successfully appealed this ruling to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC), ensuring that their quarter-final against Limerick IT and the meeting of Waterford IT and DIT were refixed for Tuesday.

The outcome of that hearing was only known at 2am on Thursday morning, 12 hours before the re-fixed quarter-finals were initially due to take place.

Today’s decision by the Eamon Cregan managed side to appeal that ruling means that tomorrow’s quarter-finals are unlikely to go ahead, pending the outcome of a DRA hearing.

Following wins over UCD and NUI Galway respectively UL and Cork IT await their semi-final opponents.

Those games are scheduled for UL and Limerick IT respectively this Friday, although the Fitzgibbon Cup weekend is now majorly in doubt

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