Colin O'Riordan has been cleared by his AFL club Sydney Swans to play for Tipperary in next week's All-Ireland football semi-final, manager David Power has confirmed.
O'Riordan produced a massive second half for Tipp in Sunday's memorable Munster football final, after getting initial clearance from Sydney to participate in the match. Any lingering doubt that his activity with his native Tipperary would be curtailed has now been allayed.
"He's after getting full clearance for the semi-final," confirmed Power. "Sydney Swans didn't realise the extent of what Colin was playing in until we won it. They couldn't get over it. His interview (post match) was incredible," said Power, .
One of the captains of Swans, Dane Rampe, told the 'Sydney Morning Herald' of a text message his and his leadership colleagues received from O'Riordan as he contemplated seeking permission to play the final.
"He explained the significance of the match for both his club and his family and just how much it'd mean to him to be able to play. And then asked us whether it'd be worth asking for permission from the club to play," said Rampe.
"We didn't need to deliberate a whole lot to tell him he had our blessing, and that on the off chance he didn't get granted permission, we said we'd do all we could to have the club reconsider."
Elsewhere, Mags D'Arcy is in the mix to become the first female inter-county coach on the men's senior hurling scene.
There is a strong chance that D'Arcy will be asked to make the step up to a full goalkeeping coaching role with Wexford's senior hurling side following the decision of current coach Noel Considine to step aside due to the travel involved. Brendan Bugler has also decided to step down after just a single season as coach for the same reason.
Fitzgerald said he will be filling the positions from within his set-up. When asked on the possibility of D'Arcy making the step up, he said: "I have been very impressed with her and what she has brought to the role. She is committed and a very important part of our coaching set-up."