Morley makes Irish shinty panel

Mayo hurler Shane Morley has been chosen on the Irish Hurling/Shinty Senior International side to face Scotland over the coming weeks. Morley impressed Irish manager Joe Dooley (Offaly ) at recent trials held in Dublin, and was chosen on the 18-man Irish squad to face the Scots in the two-legged series. The opening game between the sides takes place tomorrow (Saturday ) in Athy, Kildare, at 3pm - with the return leg taking place in Bught Park in Inverness on the following Saturday, October 29 at 2pm. The home game in Athy will be televised live on TG4 at 3pm. The side with the best aggregate score over the two legs in the hybrid game will win the series. Morley is one of eight players chosen from Christy Ring Cup counties, with 10 players on the panel being chosen from the McCarthy Cup sides. Michael Rice (Kilkenny ) will captain the side in the series, while Tipperary duo Eoin Kelly and Brendan Maher are also included. Other notable names from the McCarthy Cup counties include Joe Bergin (Offaly ) and Arron Graffin (Antrim ). Twenty-six-year-old Morley (Tooreen ) - who is making his first appearance in the Irish jersey - is the only Connacht player included in the 18-man squad.

Ballinrobe GAA Club stages final ‘election rally’ for mayor candidate Adrian Flannery

Members and supporters of Ballinrobe GAA Club will turn out in large numbers for a final ‘election rally’ in support of the club’s candidate for the position of mayor of the town. Adrian Flannery has put in a major campaign as he bids to replace long-serving Mayor Johnny Buckley, and the final rally will take place in Art O’Neill’s Bar on Friday October 28.

“All great election campaigns include a final rally, when supporters come out to wish the candidate all the best on the final furlong of the race. That’s why we are inviting all our members, players, supporters and friends to come along on that night – Adrian and his team have worked extremely hard to get the vote out, and this rally may be the last opportunity many people get to ‘vote’ for Adrian through purchase of tickets in the fund-raising draw which features excellent prizes,” said a club spokesperson. On the night, there will be excellent raffle prizes, live music, and a number of video showings, including the recent ‘truck pull’ which saw club members pull a 14-tonne truck around the town of Ballinrobe, as part of the mayoral campaign. “This is a key night. We aim to give Adrian a special send-off, and we will also be hearing some of his plans if he is elected to the prestigious position of mayor,” added the spokesperson.

Adrian (Ballinrobe GAA Club ), Peter McHugh (Ballinrobe RFC ), and Paddy McTigue (Ballinrobe Town AFC ) are the contestants seeking to succeed Mayor Buckley. The winner will be announced at a special function in the Valkenburg, Ballinrobe, on Saturday, November 5.

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