The details have already been posted in the comments but, for the record, next January’s FBD fixtures have been announced and so we can all officially start looking forward to 2014. Full details of the FBD fixtures for 2014 are here.
The groupings for the FBD have been rejigged a bit for next year. Out go last January’s dancing partners Leitrim and GMIT while in come NUIG and IT Sligo as we switch from Section B to Section A. However, for FBD purposes at least, we remain paired with perennial FBD opponents Roscommon.
Our first inter-county outing of next year is scheduled to take place against NUIG on Sunday, 5th January (throw-in 2pm). This is a home fixture and matches against NUIG tend to get played in Ballinrobe to maybe this one will too. Next up is another home match, against IT Sligo, on the following Sunday (12th) and then it’s an away clash with the Rossies. Sure as eggs is eggs, that one will be in the January cauldron that is Ballinlough.
All matches in the FBD throw in at 2pm and the final (which I see Connacht GAA aren’t even bothering to style as the ‘Home Final’) is scheduled for Sunday, 26th January.
According to yesterday’s Irish Independent, Galway will have at least one new player on show in 2014 as the well-trailed news about Kildare’s James Kavanagh transferring to the Tribesmen has now finally been confirmed. He’ll be a useful addition to them, I reckon – he’s got plenty of big match experience and, to be fair to him, he’s also someone who knows where the posts are. His schoolboy background in St Jarlath’s won’t be a hindrance to him either in settling in with the Herrin Chokers. That piece, by the way, also contains some interesting info on changes that Alan Mulholland has made to his backroom team.
Sticking with the Indo, I had a laugh when I saw Dublin County Board Chairman Andy Kettle’s “hands off” warning about all that AIG largesse that’s going to be swilling into their coffers over the next few years. He’s only saying what you’d expect him to say but, as Liam O’Neill has already pointed out, this is an issue that’s going to have to be grasped at some stage and it’s better that this happens sooner rather than later.
Finally, the Mayo News is reporting that All-Ireland minor winning manager Enda Gilvarry is set to be honoured at the upcoming Club Stars bash with the ‘Personality of the Year’ award. Quite right and well deserved too.