Tuesday 12 December 2017

O’Brien back to boost Brigid’s

ST BRIGID’S of Roscommon will have their manager, Noel O’Brien, on the line for their AIB All-Ireland club SFC semi-final clash with Garrycastle in Pearse Park next Saturday week, despite a recent illness.

O’Brien, who led the club to a third Connacht title in five years last November, suffered a winter virus and has missed recent preparations for the meeting with the Westmeath champions but is expected to be back at training on Wednesday night when the squad re-convene.

“He had been sick for two weeks but he’s back,” explained club chairman, Michael McDonnell.

“He had been due back this weekend but with the weather the way it was, he said he would give it an extra weekend. Noel is manager, there is no question about that.

“We had hoped he would be back this weekend but he will be out with them at the next training session.”

In O’Brien’s recent absence, former Roscommon manager and Kilmacud Crokes mentor Martin McDermott has helped out in training, but McDonnell confirmed that their manager would be resuming full activity this week.

CIARÁN WHELAN will form part of Seán Boylan's Leinster management team for the forthcoming M Donnelly Interprovincial Series.

The Raheny man, who recently took over as senior manager of his club, has been invited by the Meath legend to aid preparations ahead of their semi-final meeting with Munster on Sunday, February 19th.

Recently retired former Offaly midfielder Ciarán McManus will be the third member of the management team, while Leinster's hurlers, managed by Joe Dooley, will have Derek Lyng and John Conron on the line alongside him.

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