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- Spotted this on Evening Herald website - Sheedy calls Boylan a Leprechaun!

FORMER Australia manager Kevin Sheedy has lit the torch paper for another potentially explosive International Rules series with some inflammatory comments that are sure to enrage the Irish party that has just landed in Perth.
Sheedy is particularly scathing of Seá Boylan - his opposite number for the ill-fated tour of Ireland in 2006 - and claims that he "ranted and raved" for an hour after the second test in Croke Park that year.
Meanwhile, a "leprechaun" reference to the former Meath boss, who has returned as Irish manager, could be deemed downright insulting.

Upped ante

The good news for the uncertain future of International Rules is that Sheedy is no longer involved, but he has certainly upped the ante ahead of the first test at the Subiaco Oval next Friday.
The former Essendon supremo was referring to the incredible press conference that followed the last infamous collision between Ireland and Australia.
At the time, Boylan was incandescent at some of the Australian antics, and the violent scenes that marred the tourists' cakewalk victory led directly to a postponement of the planned tour Down Under last year.
Only after much tough negotiations between GAA and Australian Football League chiefs, coupled with several rule changes, has the series been revived; but the hybrid code remains very much "on trial" over the coming fortnight.
Sheedy probably hasn't helped relations with his newspaper column advice to the Irish tourists. Writing in the Sunday Herald Sun, he suggests: "There is one thing I would like to pass on to the Irish ahead of the revived International Rules series. You can punch an Australian and we won't be totally insulted. But if you kick us, you are going the wrong way about it.
"After the last series was marred by controversial acts it would be disappointing if the Irish sought retribution.
"They should bump and tackle, but don't stick a leg out. If it's played in the right spirit, this will be a fantastic spectacle."
Recalling his own time as Australian coach, Sheedy claims there were some "over-reactions", adding: "Yes, Chris Johnson made a poor decision three years ago, but Danyle Pearce made a legitimate and honest tackle the last time the teams met.
"So at no other stage was I concerned about the way the game was being played.
"Irish coach Seán Boylan didn't see it that way and he ranted and raved for an hour after the match in Dublin.
"I almost fell asleep waiting for my turn and it was the first time I thought I had met a leprechaun," he writes.
""It could have easily been Ray 'Slug' Jordon giving me an earful. But at least there was passion and I'm thrilled the matches are back."
Australian vice-captain Adam Selwood - a veteran of the '06 series - has delivered a more conciliatory message while insisting the home side weren't thugs who simply wanted to "fight the Irish."
"We've gone through the rules and understand now what's acceptable and what's not compared to the last series," Selwood revealed.
"Obviously it did get out of hand a little bit for about ten minutes there, but I think the guys know where it stands. If something like that happens again, the series is off pretty much forever.
"So we're not here to fight the Irish or anything like that, we've got the utmost respect for them and I'm just hopeful it's going to be a good game and a fair game," he concluded.

GAA Discussion / Re: New Meath Manager
« on: October 14, 2008, 05:12:10 PM »
The story is true as read it earlier in Evening Herald - where hoganstand lifted it from probably and believe Dempsey was just on local radio

General discussion / Shamrock Rovers Ultras
« on: April 04, 2007, 05:21:26 PM »

Check this out - saw story in Evening Herald today, has to be seen to be believed! Maybe when the Joy is closed it could be redeveloped to house Rovers?

Caffrey shows strong hand for Dubs Stars clash
Dublin manager Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey has named a very experienced and strong side for this Saturday's Dubs Stars clash at Naomh Mearnog, Portmarnock (2.0).
Colin Moran, whose season was badly interupted by injury in 2006, will captain the side from left half-back in an impressive line that includes acting captain for '06, Bryan Cullen, and Paul Casey.
Both of Dublin's two Allstars for '06 will be playing. Stephen Cluxton has been selected in goals for Caffrey's side while Alan Brogan will lead the Dubs Stars attack from centre-forward.
The Dubs Stars encounter is preceded by the meeting of Dublin and Meath in a ladies senior football challenge (12.30).

DUBLIN (SF v Dubs Stars) - Stephen Cluxton (Parnells); David Henry (Raheny), Barry Cahill (St Brigid's), Stephen O'Shaughnessy (Lucan); Paul Casey (Lucan), Bryan Cullen (Skerries), Colin Moran (Ballyboden St Enda's); Ross McConnell (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Darren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes); Kevin Bonner (St Brigid's), Declan Lally (St Brigid's), Ray Cosgrove (Kilmacud Crokes); David O'Callaghan (St Mark's), Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St Enda's), Jason Sherlock (Na Fianna). Subs: John Leonard (St Sylvester's), Niall O'Shea (St Jude's), Declan O'Mahony (Ballyboden), Shane Ryan (senior) (Nh Mearnog), Pat Burke (Kilmacud), Colin Prenderville (Fingal Ravens), Donnacha Reilly (Skerries), Barry O'Hanlon (St Pat's, Palmerstown), Graham Cullen (Skerries), Kevin Nolan (Kilmacud Crokes), Chris Guckian (St Jude's), Cian O'Sullivan (Kilmacud), Shane Ryan (junior) (Nh Mearnog).
DUBS STARS - Stephen Gallagher (UCD); Willie Lowry (St Vincent's), Paddy Navin (UCD), John McCarthy (UCD); Paul Griffin (Kilmacud Crokes), Ger Brennan (St Vincent's), Coman Goggins (Ballinteer St John's); Pat Gilroy (St Vincent's), Sean Brady (UCD); Billy Sheehan (UCD), Alan Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Austin O'Malley (UCD); Dermot Connolly (St Vincent's), Tomas Quinn (St Vincent's), Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER). Subs: Paul Copeland (St Jude's), Brian Kirby (Thomas Davis), Micheal Lyons (St Jude's), Derek Murray (Round Towers, Clondalkin), Mark Davoren (Kilmacud Crokes).

******** FREE BUS SERVICE *********
Fans travelling to this Saturday's football Dubs Stars game in Naomh Mearnog (2.0) can avail of a Dublin Bus courtesy bus service serving the match venue from Portmarnock and Sutton DART stations.

*********** FREE PARKING ******There is free car parking in both Naomh Mearnog and St Sylvester's grounds for this Saturday's Dubs Stars football clash.

Dublin / Dublin hurling
« on: December 28, 2006, 07:31:08 PM »
Anyone know anything about this Qualter bloke? Heard he is from Waterford and in College in Athlone IT?

Hiney and Carroll to make Dubs return
Ballyboden duo Stephen Hiney and Emmet Carroll will make their return to the Dublin jersey this Saturday in the Dubs Stars clash at Naomh Mearnog, Portmarnock (2.0).
Carroll opted out of the panel in 2006 while Hiney only made his comeback to club hurling late in the summer after a combination of an eye injury and travel had ruled him out.
Hiney had surgery on a detached retina which threatened his hurling career but he will make his first appearance in a Dublin jersey since July 2005.
A new face to the Dublin side is Declan Qualter who will line out at centre-forward, flanked by Keith Dunne and Joey Boland.
David Curtin, Ronan Fallon and Kevin Flynn, originally selected on the Dubs Stars starting 15, are all away are will be replaced by  Fergal Armstrong, Michael Carton and Kevin O'Reilly.
The hurling clash will be preceded by the meeting of Ballyboden St Enda's and Dublin in a camogie game (12.30).
The football Dubs Stars game takes place in Mearnog on Saturday, January 6 (2.0) with a ladies football challenge between Dublin and Meath on the undercard.

DUBS STARS (SH v Dublin): Alan Nolan (St Brigid's); Tom Russell (St Vincent's), Stephen Perkins (Ballyboden St Enda's), Cathal Ryan  (Ballyboden St Enda's); Derek O'Reilly (Craobh Chiarain), Michael Carton (O'Toole's), Dave Kirwan (Craobh Chiarain); Damien Russell (St Vincent's), Johnny McGuirk (Craobh Chiarain); Alan McCrabbe (Craobh Chiarain), Fergal Armstrong (Kilmacud Crokes), Dermot Connolly (St Vincent's); David O'Callaghan (St Mark's), Ger Ennis (Craobh Chiarain), Kevin O'Reilly (Lucan Sarsfields). Subs: Stephen Chester (Craobh Chiarain), Cormac de Frein (Kilmacud Crokes), Kevin Ryan (O'Toole's), Eoghan Dunne (Cuala).
DUBLIN - Gary Maguire (Ballyboden St Enda's); Philip Brennan (O'Toole's), Stephen Hiney (Ballyboden St Enda's), Robert Reid (Cuala); Eoin Moran (Round Towers, C), Tom˘s Brady (Na Fianna), Ger O'Meara (O'Toole's); Tommy Moore (Erin's Isle), John McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields); Keith Dunne (Erin's Isle), Declan Qualter (St Vincent's), Joseph Boland (Na Fianna); Stuart Mullen (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Liam Ryan (O'Toole's), Emmet Carroll (Ballyboden St Enda's). Subs: Paddy Curtin (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Stephen McDonnell (Craobh Chiarain), Peadar Carton (O'Toole's), Greg Bennett (Raheny), Paul O'Brien (Kevins), Declan O'Dwyer (Naomh Olaf), Aodhan de Paor (Kilmacud Crokes), Aidan Downes (Na Fianna), John Kelly (St Mark's).

******** FREE BUS SERVICE *********
Fans travelling to this Saturday's hurling Dubs Stars game in Naomh Mearnog (2.0) can avail of a Dublin Bus courtesy bus service serving the match venue from Portmarnock DART station.

GAA Discussion / Re: Top GPA members to run for Dail Eireann
« on: November 17, 2006, 09:19:10 PM »
Brilliant an scriobhnoir that's what i've heard for ages all along. Can you elaborate?

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