Sunday 17 December 2017

Irish boss Tohill denies any rift with men from the Kingdom

ANTHONY TOHILL has confirmed that Paul Galvin was not invited to be one of Ireland's International Rules triallists but rejected suggestions that his comments in relation to the incident which saw the Kerryman banned earlier this year caused a rift between him and players from the Kingdom.

Tohill was outspoken in his role as a pundit on RTé's Sunday Game about the clash between Galvin and Cork's Eoin Cadogan in the Munster SFC final replay which resulted in the Finuge clubman missing the remainder of Kerry's championship season, leading many to question whether there would be any ill-feeling between the Kerry camp and the Ireland manager.

Both Kieran Donaghy and Declan O'Sullivan were part of Tohill's provisional squad but pulled out, according to the Derry man, due to club commitments, meaning Aussie Rules recruits, Tadhg Kennelly and Tommy Walsh are the only Kerry born players on the 22 strong panel and seven named stand-by replacements.

"We felt we wouldn't be asking Paul," said Tohill. "To be fair to him we didn't want to waste his time and we thought the right thing was to let it go for this season.

"Kieran Donaghy and Declan O'Sullivan were both asked to come up and both committed to us to come up, but unfortunately they were unable to attend - one of the players once, one of the players twice.

"Their clubs are in the latter stages of the championship and the lads desperately wanted to win a club title and we have to respect that decision and appreciate their honesty."

Asked whether his comments about Galvin contributed to the fact that no current Kerry player was named on the panel, Tohill replied: "It was not an issue at all."

IRISH INTERNATIONAL RULES SQUAD: Captain: Steven McDonell (Armagh), Vice Captain: Finian Hanley (Galway). Colm Begley (Laois), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Graham Canty (Cork), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Martin Clarke (Down), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Brendan Donaghy (Armagh), Leighton Glynn (Wicklow), Daniel Goulding (Cork), James Kavanagh (Kildare), Paddy Keenan (Louth), Tadhg Kennelly (Kerry), Seán McDermott (Roscommon), Ciarán McKeever (Armagh), Kevin McKernan (Down), Brendan Murphy (Carlow), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Kevin Reilly (Meath), Michael Shields (Cork), Tommy Walsh (Kerry). Standby Players: Emmet Bolton (Kildare), Gary Brennan (Clare), Gary Connaughton (Westmeath), Benny Coulter (Down), Eamonn Fennell (Dublin), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Niall McNamee (Offaly).

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