Kennelly dismisses fresh talk of a return
TADHG KENNELLY has rubbished reports suggesting he is set to quit the Sydney Swans and return to his native Kerry.
A local newspaper in the Kingdom claimed in this week's edition that the 28-year-old met with Sydney Swans management on his return to Oz and informed them that he was quitting Aussie Rules to return home.
However, Kennelly has stated: "Rumours circulate every year when I go home. I am now back in Australia. I have returned to training with the Sydney Swans. I have a contract with the Swans until the end of 2009. That is all I will say at the moment."
Kennelly spent Christmas in Listowel, and did have discussions with the Kingdom's manager, Jack O'Connor, increasing hopes of a dramatic return to Kerry colours ahead of this year's League and Championship
TG4's anniversary documentary
AS a major contribution to the GAA's 125th Anniversary this year. TG4 yesterday launched its major new ten-part television documentary series chronicling the social and cultural history of the Association.
The series traces the consistent growth and sometimes turbulent story of the Association from the inaugural meeting in Hayes Hotel in Thurles to today's vibrant and self-confident organization.
Drawing extensively on newsreel, film and television archive and informed by insightful contributions from leading historians, journalists, players, administrators and commentators, this is the story of a uniquely Irish entity -- a combination of cultural movement, sporting organisation and mirror of Irish society for 125 years that has survived and flourished through war, peace, emigration, political violence and economic boom.
The series, which begins on January 11, will air on TG4 on late Sunday afternoons from mid January (with a repeat showing of each programme on Friday nights).
New Cork Chair's open plea
NEW Cork County Board Chairman, Jerry O'Sullivan, has issued a plea in an open letter to the stay-away Cork hurling panel of 2008 to end their 'strike'.
O'Sullivan -- father of Diarmuid and Paudie, who were in last year's panel -- said that the present round of meetings with independent chairman Olann Kelleher "could not go on forever". "There must be a realisation that efforts to resolve the situation must be finalised soon," the Cork chairman warned.
"It is with the hand of friendship and in the spirit of openness and transparency that I invite the 30 members of the 2008 hurling panel, Gerald McCarthy and the team management and the Board executive to a meeting to be chaired by the mediator, Olann Kelleher," wrote O'Sullivan.
"I am sure we can come to some agreement to ensure that the red jersey of the Cork hurlers will be worn with pride this summer by the best hurlers in the county. If we do this then we will have taken the first small step in our march to Croke Park in September 2009.
"The current (mediation) initiative arises from a decision at Convention, which represents all clubs and by extension, all players in the county. I would appeal to you (the players) to respect the wishes of the Convention and participate fully in the process. Please avail of the goodwill and expertise of the independent chairman as he tries to facilitate a resolution."
Cork hurling boss McCarthy has named a 24-man panel for this Sunday's Waterford Crystal Tournament clash with Waterford Institute of Technology at Páirc Uí Rinn.
CORK (Squad v Waterford IT): Brian Ahern (Blackrock), Paul Barry (Midleton), Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons), Eoin Clancy (Fermoy), Darren Crowley (Bandon), Cathal Hickey (Glen Rovers), Paul Honohan (Bishopstown), Barry Johnson (Bride Rovers), Eoin Keane (St Finbarr's), Alwyn Kearney (Midleton), Alan Kennedy (Sarsfields), Padraig Lynch (Kilworth), Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields), Joe Moran (Carragaline), Tadhg óg Murphy (Sarsfields), Gary Norberg (Blackrock), Wes O'Brien (Carragaline), Glen O'Connor (St Finbarr's), Rob O'Driscoll (Sarsfields), Colin O'Leary (Blackrock), Brian O'Sullivan (Fermoy), Conor O'Sullivan (Sarsfields), Aidan Ryan (Midleton), Ray Ryan (Sarsfields).