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Saturday 16 December 2017

Fans' dilemma as Galway final to clash with Connacht decider

Aisake O hAilpin said his time is up with the Rebels. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Aisake O hAilpin said his time is up with the Rebels. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Galway Hurling Board have refixed the county final for Sunday next in Athenry (2.0).

A hurling fixtures committee meeting last night felt it had no option but to play the game between Loughrea and Clarinbridge on Sunday.

It will clash with the Connacht football final between Galway champions Killererin and Ballintubber, which takes place in Tuam.

The hurling match was called off last weekend because of the effect inclement weather had on Pearse Stadium in Salthill and Kenny Park in Athenry, the back-up venue.

Meanwhile, Sean Og O hAilpin has confirmed that his brother Aisake has gone to Australia and will not be returning to the Cork hurling squad.

Sean Og has said Aisake was very disappointed after being taken off against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final and the final straw came when Sean Og was dropped off the squad for 2011.

"He came back from Australia with the intention of giving it one hell of a shot," said Sean Og. "Denis Walsh said to him to get himself ready over the winter, but after my situation, he said 'my time here is done'."

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy may have to plan without the services of another Kilmacud Crokes player early next year.

Niall Corkery, the county's industrious half-forward, took up employment on a full-time basis in London yesterday and will be based there for the forseeable future.

Dublin will be without full-back Rory O'Carroll for all of the NFL campaign as he concentrates on studies in France which are part of his Erasmus year. O'Carroll is not due back in Ireland on a permanent basis again until early May.

The pair have been ruled out of Kilmacud Crokes' Leinster club football semi-final against Westmeath champions Garrycastle on Sunday.

They join injured trio Paul Griffin, Mark Davoren and Darren Magee on the sidelines, and Adrian Morrissey's participation is also in doubt.

Corkery's move to London will represent a blow to Gilroy if he does not commit to commuting on a regular basis.

Irish Independent

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