Keeper Quirke returns for Rebels

Alan Quirke is back between the posts for Cork who take on Down in this weekend’s Allianz Football League, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.

It will be his first start of the season, taking over from Bishopstown’s Ken O’Halloran.

The rest of the defence is the same, but there is a change in attack from last week’s Armagh game due to the two-match suspension incurred by Paul Kerrigan. Colm O’Neill returns at corner-forward after injury with Mark Collins leading the attack.

The controversy and disappointment of the recent All-Ireland junior football semi-final loss behind him, Dromid Pearses’ Declan O’Sullivan makes a welcome return to the Kerry panel this weekend for their clash with Armagh at Austin Park. He doesn’t make the starting lineup, however, manager Jack O’Connor making just two changes from the starting 15 that beat Dublin last week.

Anthony Maher retains his place after doing well when introduced as a sub in midfield against Dublin, while the experienced Aidan O’Mahony is at wing back, Brian Maguire dropping back to the corner, Peter Crowley demoted to the subs.

For Armagh, there are a host of changes from the team that drew with Cork; Kevin Dyas moves from centre-forward to right-half-back in place of Paul Duffy, Brian Mallon takes over on the 40, Malachy Mackin moves from full-forward to midfield in place of John Kingham, Stefan Campbell goes to full-forward, Aidan Forker replaces Colm Watters at wing-forward, and Caolan Rafferty replaces Paul Carvill in the corner.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte continues his goalkeeping rotation policy with Jonathan Curran set to make his first start of the season in the game against Derry in Omagh — that’s three different keepers in three games.

Harte also makes two further changes, Damian McCaul starting at left-half-back for the suspended Sean O’Neill, Dromore’s Ronan McNabb getting the nod at left-half-forward with Martin Penrose moving to full forward, Mark Donnelly to centre forward, and Peter Hughes dropping to the bench.

The McMahon brothers Joe and Justin, along with Dermot Carlin, who were late cry-offs prior to last Saturday’s league opener, are named among the subs.

In the Division 4 clash against London at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday (1pm), manager Maurice Horan gives a vote of confidence to the starting team that beat Leitrim away last week, teenager James O’Meara retaining his place at full-forward, the versatile Stephen Lucey in midfield again partnering Seanie Buckley.

Meanwhile redevelopment work on Belfast’s Casement Park will begin at the end of next year and is expected to be completed by September 2015.

The new all-seater stadium will boast a 40,000 capacity with 80% of the seats covered and 2,000 of them premium seats.

A total of €61.4 million will come from Northern Ireland Assembly funding with the GAA putting in €15m as a partnership contribution, with Croke Park having agreed in principle to delivering the funds.

The increase in capacity from the original Casement Park will be 8,000 but the all-seater plan includes 38,000 family seats and is a major undertaking given the stadium in its present guise is predominantly terraced.

Members of the province’s stadium board last week updated the Northern Ireland Assembly on the venture. In a document seen by the Irish Examiner, the GAA reveal they have no plans to offer the naming rights of the new Casement Park to any company.

Cork (SF v Down): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; F Goold, M Collins, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, F Lynch.

Kerry (SF v Armagh): B Kealy; S Enright, M Ó Sé, B Maguire; T Ó Sé, K Young, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, D O’Sullivan, S O’Sullivan; J O’Donoghue, K Donaghy (c), BJ Keane.

Armagh (SF v Kerry): N Geoghegan; A Mallon, B Donaghy, D McKenna; K Dyas, C McKeever, F Moriarty; C Vernon, M Mackin; A Forker, B Mallon, A Duffy; C Rafferty, S Campbell, E McVerry.

Limerick (SF v London): B Scanlon; D Quaide, J McCarthy, L O’Dwyer; J Riordan, B Fitzpatrick, P Ranahan; S Buckley, S Lucey; D Treacy, E O’Connor, J Cooke; G Collins (c), J O’Meara, I Ryan.

Tyrone (SF v Derry): J Curran; A McCrory, C Clarke, PJ Quinn; C McCarron, P Harte, D McCaul; M Murphy, A Cassidy; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, R McNabb; O Mulligan, M Penrose, S O’Neill.

Dublin (SF v Mayo): S Cluxton; D Daly, R O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, G Brennan, C Dias; R McConnell, MD MacAuley; P Brogan, K McManamon; B Cullen (c); D Connolly, E O’Gara, T Quinn.

Westmeath (SF V Meath): G Connaughton; M Curley, K Gavin, D McDermott; R Foley, M Ennis, K Maguire; T English, A Finnan; K Martin, A Giles, P Sheridan; P Sharry, D Glennon, C McCormack.

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