UCD's Dublin SHC bid opens another door
UCD have confirmed their participation in this year's Dublin SHC for the first time since 2005.
However, as their re-entrance brings the number of teams in the competition up to 15, Dublin's CCC are seeking an application from one of the clubs in the senior 'B' championship to make up 16 and to establish four groups of four teams.
If more than one team applies, the CCC will then decide which is the most worthy entrant.
The Dublin football championship will also undergo a revamp but not until 2013, when the backdoor system will be abolished and all sides losing in the first round will be admitted to a 'B' championship.
Hughes calls it a day
KEVIN Hughes has become the sixth member of Tyrone's All-Ireland-winning team from 2003 to retire since their championship exit of last summer.
A triple All-Ireland medalist, Hughes follows the paths of Brian Dooher, Phillip Jordan, Brian McGuigan, Enda McGinley and Ciaran Gourley into inter-county retirement.
Meehan career '50/50'
MICHAEL Meehan's inter-county career is in serious doubt after new Galway manager Alan Mulholland revealed he is unlikely to play any part in this year's championship due to a cartilage problem in his ankle.
Mulholland described the former All-Ireland Under-21 winner's chances of playing for his county again as '50/50.'