GAA: Ó Cinnéide to captain Kingdom

DARA Ó CINNÉIDE has been appointed captain of the Kerry senior football team.Ó Cinnéide, a member of An Ghaeltacht’s county championship winning team, will replace Michael McCarthy.

Kerry return from holiday in Lanzarote on Saturday and the An Ghaeltacht contingent will resume training for the All-Ireland club semi-final against St. Brigids (Dublin) on Feb 29, at a venue to be decided.

Club secretary Seamus Long said the Munster champions are bidding to play the game at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, scene of last month’s provincial final triumph over St. Senans (Clare).

Meanwhile, Limerick, who open their NHL campaign with a home tie against Cork on February 22, continue their preparations with a series of challenge games against Clare, Galway, and All-Ireland Club semi-finalists Dunloy and Newtownshandrum in the coming weeks.

Coach PJ Whelehan held his first squad sessions last weekend at UL.

Cork hurlers, meanwhile, set out tomorrow for a 14-day holiday in Vietnam.

Cork footballers will again begin their league campaign under lights. Their game against Westmeath has been brought forward to Saturday, January 31 at 7.30 in Páirc Uí Rinn.

New Westmeath coach Paídí Ó Sé will be hoping for better fortune than 12 months ago, when he was in charge of the Kerry side well beaten by Cork under lights at the same venue.

This is one of three league games Cork will play under lights.

On February 7 they meet Kerry in Austin Stack Park and the following Saturday take on Mayo in Pairc Uí Rinn.

Cork continue their build-up to the Westmeath tie with a game against UCC at the Mardyke on Saturday (12 noon).

The following players are asked to be at the Mardyke at 11.15: A. Quirke, P. Mackey, P. Deane, N. McCarthy, K. O’Connor, L. Collins, D. Duggan, D. Wiseman, G. Spillane, M. O’Donovan, M. O’Sullivan, P. O’Neill, R. Brosnan, R. O’Mahony, J. Canty, A. O’Regan, C. Murphy, J. Kavanagh, K. McMahon, P. Nealon, A. Sheehy, P. Kissane, R. Honohan, D. Barron, J. Masters, J. O’Connell, P. O’Mahony.

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