Gilroy will not replace Whelan in backroomMICKEY WHELAN may have stepped down as coach and selector to the Dublin senior football team following last September's All-Ireland SFC success but showed he has lost none of his enthusiasm for the game by attending yesterday's Evening Herald/Dubs Stars games at a cold Kiltipper Road.
However, Dubs boss Pat Gilroy moved quickly afterwards to nip in the bud any suggestion that Whelan was back on board as the Dubs commenced their 2012 preparations.
Gilroy added that he would not be directly replacing his fellow St Vincent's clubman, Whelan, among his backroom staff.
"We'll belt away. There are lads who were involved last year and we'll start off with the same people who were involved last year," stressed Gilroy.
The Dubs face Carlow in Dr Cullen Park next Sunday (2.0) in the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup while the open their Allianz NFL Division 1 campaign against Kerry in Croke Park on Saturday, February 4 - a game which forms part of a double-header with the meeting of Kildare and Tyrone.
While he did not feature in yesterday's Dubs Stars clash, Ger Brennan is expected to be available for the upcoming O'Byrne Cup.
The Dublin centre-back blew away the festive cobwebs by taking part in yesterday's Tom Brennan Memorial 5k road race in the Phoenix Park.
The full programme of O'Byrne Cup games for Sunday (all games 2.0) is - Navan: Meath v Wexford; Baltinglass: Wicklow v DCU; Longford: Longford v Athlone IT; Newbridge: Kildare v DIT; Tullamore: Offaly v Westmeath; Dr Cullen Park: Carlow v Dublin; Crettyard: Laois v UCD.
Louth have received a walkover from Kilkenny and advance to face the winners of Meath v Wexford (away).
Glennon on form for Westmeath
DENIS GLENNON kicked eight points as Westmeath defeated Wicklow, 0-14 to 0-8, in a senior football challenge at Blessington yesterday.
Glennon's accuracy was particularly obvious in the opening half when Westmeath took advantage of the strong wind to lead 0-7 to 0-0 at the end of the first quarter (game played over four periods).
Westmeath face neighbours Offaly in the O'Byrne Cup next Sunday at O'Connor Park, Wicklow host DCU in Baltinglass.