Win or lose, Cummins is set for the sunshine

A WINTER of discontent awaits the losers of Sunday’s Cork SHC final. However, no matter what the outcome, for Blackrock’s Alan Cummins the months ahead are sure to be filled with warm sunshine and happy memories.

Immediately after the final whistle (3.15pm throw-in) he will make a mad dash for a five o’clock flight out of Cork airport on his way to Australia.

He will marry his Australian fiancé Michelle Rose on Friday Oct 24 and plans to spend the next 12 months down under. The flights have been planned for months and no matter what the result, Alan says he will be on the plane that takes him to Heathrow, Singapore and finally on to Sydney.

“Whether we win or lose, or if it is rained-off or called-off I am gone on Sunday. It is something I have obviously discussed with management and they understand my situation.”

The day will begin with checking in his bags at 2.15pm and then onwards to Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the decider against Newtownshandrum. A garda car will be waiting to whisk him away to the airport. His parents Madeline and Frank have already departed for down under and will miss the final.

He will, however, be accompanied on the first leg of his journey by teammate John Browne, who happens to be on the same flight en route to a holiday in Cairns.

Meanwhile, Dublin manager Ciaran O’Hare has been handed a major boost with the news that Ger Brennan and Barry Kennedy will be available for Sunday’s All-Ireland MFC final replay against Laois at Dr Cullen Park, Carlow.

Centre back Brennan and centre forward Kennedy sustained dead leg and ankle injuries respectively in the drawn game, but both players have since made full recoveries.

“Ger and Barry came back to training at the weekend and neither player experienced any adverse reaction,” O’Hare said.

Laois boss Sean Dempsey has also reported a clean bill of health.

Armagh fans mixed with celebrating Tyrone supporters when Sam Maguire visited the Moy on its whistle-stop tour of the Red Hand county.

It was an evening which once again underlined the spirit of friendship which exists within the GAA and which was evident throughout All-Ireland weekend.

A huge crowd was entertained by singing legend Eileen Donaghy, mother of former Tyrone star Plunkett, with music provided by Bad Articles.

And the Moy’s heroic sons, Sean Cavanagh, Philip Jordan, Colin Holmes and Ryan Mellon, also addressed the crowd in the famous village square, the last outpost before the River Blackwater and Co Armagh.

The victory cavalcade continues tonight when the All-Ireland champions visit Donaghmore and Galbally.

And on Saturday, north Tyrone is the destination, with visits to the clubs of Newtownstewart, Urney, Strabane, Owen Roes and Clan na nGael.

The Irish and World Handball Councils began their countdown to the 2003 World Handball Championships at the Official Launch in Croke Park yesterday.

With over 1,000 entries from eight countries, the World Handball Championships will be one of the largest international sporting events in Ireland this year and handball fans across Ireland and the world are getting anxious for the competition to begin.

*In a story on Tuesday’s GAA pages it was implied Sean Boylan was the Meath county board’s favoured choice to manage their senior football team.

We wish to make clear that Sean Boylan and Eamon Barry are candidates of equal standing and it is only the clubs who will decide on the Meath manager on November 3rd.

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