Saturday 17 March 2018

Tribesmen sweat on star Donnellan for All-Ireland semi-final

Cyril Donnellan, Galway, in action against Jackie Tyrell, Kilkenny
Cyril Donnellan, Galway, in action against Jackie Tyrell, Kilkenny
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway are confident Cyril Donnellan will be fit for an All-Ireland semi-final in just over three weeks' time despite chipping a bone in the lower part of his arm.

Donnellan did the damage in a training match between the senior and intermediate teams late last week but only had the damage confirmed on Monday. He will have his arm in a sling until next week but there is optimism from medical staff that he will be ready for the semi-final on August 12.

"He got a belt on the arm at training but we think he will fine. That is the advice anyway," said Galway Hurling Board chairman Joe Byrne.

Donnellan played a key role in the Leinster hurling final victory over Kilkenny.

Meanwhile, a prominent member of the Donegal footballers' back-room team has been hit with a three-month suspension.

Donal Reid has been given a proposed three-month ban by the Competitions Control Committee following an alleged incident after a Donegal club championship match earlier this month.


The All Star and All-Ireland 1992 winner was cited for alleged verbal abuse and interfering with referee Eugene MacHale at the end of a club championship match between Naomh Ultan and his Red Hughs side on July 8.

It is understood that the incident happened shortly after Reid -- who works with the Donegal team as a physical therapist -- went to shake hands with the former Sligo referee and Mayo GAA star at the end of a close-fought match, which Red Hughs lost.

Reid, who is manager of Red Hughs, is believed to be appealing the case to the Tir Chonaill appeals committee, who are due to hear the case later on this week.

It is understood that Reid was fully entitled to take an active role in last Sunday's Ulster final in Clones as his case is under appeal.

MacHale left the Yeats County to officiate in neighbouring Donegal because he was particularly unhappy with what he saw as the "inconsistency" of the decision-making process in Sligo.

Irish Independent

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