Mediator to meet key figures in Galway row

The Galway hurling saga could be about to come to a conclusion with figures key to the stand-off making themselves available to the arbitration process in recent days.

It’s now exactly two weeks since Galway chief executive John Hynes confirmed in a statement that the board had appointed an independent mediator in the hope of resolving the differences between the 2015 panel and manager Anthony Cunningham.

However, due to a variety of reasons, not everyone involved was in a position to comply with the mediator.

It remains to be seen how anything can be agreed as the players have already tendered a vote of no confidence in the St Thomas’ man continuing into 2016. However, clubs have already endorsed him for next season, albeit not without prior knowledge of the sense of disaffection within the panel.

Meanwhile, the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic between Galway and Dublin set to take place at the Boston Red Sox’ famed stadium on Sunday, November 22 is set to be a sell-out. According to the ticket website for the game, as of yesterday evening there were only approximately 140 tickets remaining available to the public with prices ranging from $45 to $195. As previously reported, the Super 11s game, an 11-a-side variation of hurling where only goals count, is not expected to be affected by the differences in Galway. However, with less than four weeks to go, players from both sides have not yet been informed of travel details.

It is unclear who from the Galway camp will attend tomorrow week’s All Stars event in Dublin as, notwithstanding the current malaise, 2015 captain David Collins is to marry on the same day. Galway have 12 nominations, the same number as Kilkenny. The hurling winners will be revealed on the night.


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