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Today's Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals cancelled after IT Carlow appeal upheld

The announcement was made at 2am this morning.

IT Carlow boss DJ Carey.
IT Carlow boss DJ Carey.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

TODAY’S FITZGIBBON CUP quarter-finals were dramatically cancelled at 2am this morning following a decision to uphold IT Carlow’s appeal against the awarding of their fixture against Mary Immaculate to the latter.

On Monday it was announced that IT Carlow had been thrown out of the third-level hurling competition after Limerick-based Mary I lodged an objection to the eligibility of defender James Gannon.

The expulsion came after a a three-hour hearing in Portlaoise on Sunday night while further conference calls took place on Monday afternoon and it is understood that Gannon is studying a graduate course through Glanbia and, while IT Carlow insisted the necessary paperwork was processed in order for him to play, Higher Education GAA chiefs ejected them from the tournament.

However, at 2am this morning it was announced that the Central Appeal’s Committee had upheld IT Carlow’s appeal and the decision to award the fixture to Mary I by Comhairle Ardoideachais had been overturned.

That means today’s quarter-finals, which would have seen Limerick IT play Waterford IT and Mary I take on Dublin IT, have now been postponed.

A statement from the GAA said details of the revised Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter-Final fixtures would be circulated ASAP.

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