James Gannon's eligibility was what prompted Mary I's appeal. Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals to go ahead after Mary I's appeal fails

The DRA rejected their request for an interlocutory injunction.

TODAY’S FITZGIBBON CUP quarter-final ties featuring Limerick IT v IT Carlow and Waterford IT v Dublin IT – will proceed after Mary Immaculate College’s request for an interlocutory injunction was refused by the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

After news broke yesterday that the Limerick college were taking their case to the DRA, it was feared that today’s games would be postponed and doubts were even raised over whether this weekend’s semi-finals and final would take place in Limerick.

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

However, on Thursday morning at 2am, it was revealed that the Central Appeals Committee had upheld IT Carlow’s appeal and the decision to award the fixture to Mary I by Comhairle Ardoideachais was overturned.

With today’s decision meaning the fixtures can proceed as scheduled — with LIT v ITC throwing-in as planned at 2pm — it appears the dispute is at an end.

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