Sunday 25 February 2018

Daly keen for Kilkenny to take on dual role with Dubs

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN hurling boss Anthony Daly says there is no reason why Ciaran Kilkenny couldn't split himself between his side and the footballers.

"We would love to see him involved in some capacity," said Daly of the 19-year-old. "I don't see any reason why he couldn't play a couple of league matches for the footballers and a couple with us. It would be a massive bonus to have some access to Ciaran."

Most of the dual stars of Dublin's recent underage boom have already committed to the footballers this season so getting Kilkenny would be a huge boost for their hurlers.

"I haven't spoken to Ciaran yet and I would be conscious that the last few days have been a turbulent time in his life," Daly said. "But we would be hoping to make contact with him in the next few days.

"The last thing we want to do is put undue pressure on him, but he said in the past he would like to combine both and we would do anything we could to facilitate him if that is what he wants."


Cork's Eoin Cadogan is the only player to successfully combine both sports at the highest level recently.

Kilkenny's workload will be considerable this year as he is still an U-21 and is expected to line out for both codes at that level.

Elsewhere, Kerry's Tony O'Keeffe has been appointed chairman of the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC). O'Keeffe was already a member of the CCCC and has been elevated to the position in order to replace Simon Moroney.

Moroney has just been appointed to take over the role of Munster Council secretary after the surprise recent departure of Pat Fitzgerald.

O'Keeffe has been appointed until Congress 2015. Moroney will still continue as a member of the CCCC and Tipperary's John Costigan has been added to that committee.

Elsewhere, Kieran Donaghy has survived an injury scare and will start against UCC in the McGrath Cup in a Kerry team that sees three changes from the side that beat IT Tralee. Brendan Kealy takes over in goal, Mike Moloney comes into the full-back line and Kieran O'Leary plays at right corner-forward.

Kerry (SF v UCC) – B Kealy; M O'Se, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, K Young; K Donaghy, J Buckley; M Geaney, D O'Sullivan, M O'Donoghue; K O'Leary, P Curtin, P Geaney.

Irish Independent

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