Cork stars put celebrations on hold

A clutch of Cork's hurling stars will put their All-Ireland celebrations on hold next weekend as they bid to help their clubs negotiate some tricky county football fixtures.

A clutch of Cork's hurling stars will put their All-Ireland celebrations on hold next weekend as they bid to help their clubs negotiate some tricky county football fixtures.

Things will only get busier in the coming weeks for victorious Cork hurling captain Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, who paraded the Liam McCarthy Cup in front of 50,000 jubilant Leeside fans on Monday.

Altready swamped with interviews and photocalls following Sunday's Croke Park defeat of Galway, the 28-year-old's services will be required by both Na Piarsaigh and Ireland's footballers over the next month-and-a-half.

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Hurler of the Year elect John Gardiner are expected to line out for the northside city club's footballers - Na Piarsaigh's hurlers are out of the county reckoning - against O'Donovan Rossa at the weekend.

Ó hAilpín is already in training for next month's International Rules series against Australia as one of three Rebels picked in the provisional Ireland squad for the trip Down Under.

Meanwhile, other Cork hurlers will be in football action at the weekend - Wayne Sherlock and John Browne for St Michael's, and Ronan Curran for St Finbarr's.

The annual GOAL Challenge match also takes place this evening at Pairc Ui Rinn. John Allen's Cork panel will be pressed into action against reigning county champions Na Piarsaigh (throw-in 7.00pm).

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