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Tyrone All-Ireland winner Mulligan could line out for London after playing club hurling game yesterday

Owen Mulligan was in action for Fulham Irish.

TYRONE ALL-IRELAND football winner Owen Mulligan could line out for the London senior side in the Connacht championship next month after becoming eligible following his appearance in a club hurling game for Fulham Irish yesterday.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Mulligan was set to join the 2011 London senior football champions after moving to work in the English capital.

And yesterday Mulligan came on as a late substitute for the club’s hurling side in the London intermediate championship, when they lost 2-7 to 0-10 to Granuaile.

Mulligan’s appearance means he is now eligible for play for the London senior side in championship action this summer as he has fulfilled the requirement of first playing in a club championship game.

London take on Leitrim on 28 May in the Connacht quarter-final in Ruislip and 35-year-old Mulligan would provide major experience to their squad if he did line out.

The Cookstown native won three All-Ireland senior medals with the Red Hands in 2003, 2005 and 2008, with his exploits in 2005 being rewarded with an All-Star award.

Owen Mulligan lifts the Sam Maguire Owen Mulligan lifts the Sam Maguire in September 2005. Source: INPHO

His appearance in a club hurling game evokes memories of the saga involving Seanie Johnston in 2012. The Cavan native lined out for less than a minute for the Coill Dubh club in the Kildare senior hurling championship, in order to then be eligible to play at senior inter-county football level for the Lilywhites.

Source: RTÉ - IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTube

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