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Murphy free to lead Ireland

MICHAEL Murphy (pictured) is free to captain Ireland's International Rules team in Australia after Glenswilly's defeat in the Donegal SFC final last Sunday.

St Eunan's 0-9 to 0-6 win over Murphy's club in MacCumhail means the Donegal captain will not face a club versus country dilemma.

A victory would have put Glenswilly in an Ulster SFC quarter-final against Fermanagh champions, Roslea Shamrocks, with the provincial semi-final scheduled for November 16. As Ireland's squad will depart on October 12, with a warm-up game in Melbourne penned in For November 16, Murphy would have been forced to chose between his club and his country.


There are doubts for the game in Perth, however, over Conor McManus, who helped Clontibret to an Ulster quarter-final win over Cavan Gaels on Sunday while both Chrissy McKaigue of Derry and Tipperary's Ciarán McDonald remain involved with their respective clubs.