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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Murtagh's Wee dream ends as Croker call halt

JOHNNY MURTAGH'S bid to play for Louth has ended in failure after the GAA informed the Parnell's forward that his eligibility was not valid.

The former Armagh man had attempted to switch his inter-county allegiances to Louth - the county of his birth and the home of his father - after deciding to opt out of Paddy O'Rourke's Orchard County panel following his move to the Coolock club. However, GAA chief advised Murtagh that his playing options were limited to Armagh or Dublin and he must now decide whether to attempt to resurrect his Armagh career or give up on inter-county football.

SEáN O'SULLIVAN has retired from inter-county football for a second time. The Kerry forward returned to the Kingdom's ranks late last year after a three-year absence and started each of the first two Allianz League Division 1 outings against Armagh and Dublin.

UUJ made sure hosts NUIG never made to it Sigerson Cup weekend with a Mark Donnelly-inspired 0-12 to 1-6 win in Dangan, a victory which set up a semi-final clash with favourites, DCU.

In Edenderry, meanwhile, goals either side of half-time from Kerry panelist, Paul Geaney, put champions, UCC, into the Sigerson Cup semi-final weekend with a 2-7 to 0-11 win over IT Sligo.

In Fitzgibbon Cup action, GMIT breezed past DCU by 1-24 to 1-12.

SHANE SUPPLE is about to take to the road and reveal the secrets of his trade! Supple played at Ipswich Town under Roy Keane before returning home two seasons ago and captaining St Brigid's to glory in last season's Dublin SFC title.

He's about to start a Gaelic Football Goalkeeping Course. It will take place on Thursday evenings, beginning on Thursday, February 23, at the St Brigid's HQ, Russell Park. Shane will be working under the Just4keepers umbrella, which seasoned League of Ireland custodian, Matt Gregg, has been running for five years. Anyone interested contact Matt: (01) 5040447 or 087 7691191, mattj4k@hotmail.com

ST BRIGID'S preserved their Dublin AHL1 status thanks to their 1-13 to 0-10 victory over Na Fianna last night - 'keeper Alan Nolan fired home the crucial goal from a 20-metre free late in the clash.

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