Brennan Belfield-bound for a whole new ball game
Ger Brennan may have stepped away from the bright lights of inter-county football - but now he's launching himself into a very different GAA challenge.
The recently retired Dublin centre-back has been appointed as Gaelic Games executive at UCD, taking on the role filled with such zest and expertise by the late Dave Billings, who died last April.It represents a new career departure for the post-primary school teacher, who will be swapping the classroom in St Kevin's, Ballygall Road for the campus in Belfield.
But as the winner of two All-Ireland medals with Dublin, and two All-Ireland club titles with St Vincent's - the second as captain - he would appear eminently qualified for such a leadership role.
Kildare GAA has exited its own version of 'the Troika' - financial oversight from Croke Park - after reporting a dramatic improvement in its previously parlous accounts.
In a statement headlined "Kildare GAA finanaces back on track as Croke Park leaves town", the county board revealed that club delegates were told at Tuesday's meeting that the county has regained "financial independence".
"Treasurer Alan Dunney, in his end of financial year summary, informed the meeting that this year's accounts will show a very healthy surplus which will be in excess of €200,000, excluding grants," the statement expanded.
"Gate receipts are up by a massive €70,000 to €240,000 while 'Club Kildare' ran a very successful club & county draw that raised a total of €260,000, of which €180,000 was retained by the clubs." Cavan's Joe McQuillan and Australia's Mat Nicholls have been appointed as referees for the International Rules game between Ireland and Australia, at Croke Park on November 21.
Former Louth manager Aidan O'Rourke has joined Kieran McGeeney's backroom team in Armagh, renewing the link with his fellow 2002 All-Ireland winner. Their U21 management team will comprise of McGeeney, Peter McDonnell, Diarmuid Marsden and Martin McQuillan.