Daly hit with four-week ban for role in Clare minor final fracas
DUBLIN senior hurling manager Anthony Daly has received a four-week ban for the unruly scenes that marred the end of this year's Clare minor hurling final and the investigation has also resulted in swingeing fines for the clubs involved.
Kerry's new senior hurling boss Tommy Howard – who also manages Clarecastle – has been hit even harder, receiving an eight-week ban that looks likely to affect his early involvement with the Kingdom.
Niall Romer of Kilmaley was also hit with an eight-week ban, while Daly and fellow Clarecastle selector Stephen Sheedy got a month each.
Both managers had been sent off by the referee at the time, which was always going to earn them a ban and Romer is already serving a 24-week ban, after getting an earlier 48-week suspension halved after an appeal. Both clubs were also hit with €3,000 fines.
The clubs and individuals involved were informed yesterday and have until Thursday to lodge appeals and it is not yet clear what date the suspensions will run from.
If the suspensions are dated to the end of the investigation then they will carry over into the new season and Howard's involvement with Kerry will be particularly badly curtailed at the start of his new management position.
Elsewhere, Conor Tormey has been elected the new chairman of Meath County Board. Tormey, from the Donaghmore-Ashbourne club, takes over from Barney Allen, who had to relinquish the top seat due to the five-year rule.
Allen subsequently failed in his bid to be vice-chairman. Francis Flynn is the next secretary but no candidate stood for treasurer.