Nugent leaves Armagh secretary role

Armagh GAA chiefs were remaining tight-lipped yesterday regarding the removal of Patrick Óg Nugent from the position of county secretary.

Nugent leaves Armagh secretary role

Nugent, who had been in the position since 2002, informed delegates at Monday night’s county board meeting that he would no longer be in the role, a paid position for which approximately two-thirds of the salary comes from Croke Park.

With assistant secretary Fr Rory Coyle filling the duties of county secretary on an interim basis, Nugent is now operating as the secretary of the county’s Competitions Control Committee (CCC), which is a voluntary role.

While Nugent had offered to remain in the role of county secretary until a permanent replacement could be found, this was declined by the board’s management committee. Neither party was available for comment.

Elsewhere, Dublin hurlers have been boosted by the return of Alan McCrabbe to the county panel.

The Craobh Chiaráin clubman, who won an All-Star award in 2009, was not part of Anthony Daly’s squad which won last year’s Leinster title as he had work commitments, but he is likely to be available for tomorrow night’s Walsh Cup game against UCD. Dubs defender Paul Schutte could be out for up to eight weeks with a thumb injury, however.

Meanwhile, as expected, footballers Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh have been included in the Cork senior hurling panel assembled by manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy ahead of their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign.

The Rebels returned from a team holiday at the beginning of this week and resumed training at Cork IT last night. Another footballer, Damien Cahalane, is likely to be included as soon as he recovers from hip surgery.

Other new faces on the panel include Paul Haughney, who won a county senior title with Midleton last year, as well as Castlemartyr’s Brian Lawton, a Fitzgibbon Cup winner with UCC. Michael Cahalane of Bandon, who is still in secondary school, is another to be included.

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