Lee Keegan has been in the news today and, for a change, it’s good to see the focus on a positive story. Lee’s been out of action since picking up that nasty shoulder injury against Tyrone back in March, having only returned to the fray less than a month prior to then following his double hip surgery over the winter. But he’s back in full training now and will be available for selection against Limerick next weekend.
There are plenty of pieces with Lee in the media today. In the one in the Irish Independent (here) he reveals that he suffered concussion as well as the shoulder dislocation that day against Tyrone and he makes a few interesting points about the nature of the hits that have become commonplace in Gaelic football nowadays. He also broaches the point about our lack of discipline in big games, a theme which features as well in the Irish Times piece (here).
The Irish Mirror has two pieces with Lee, one focusing on our discipline and all that (here) and the other where he talks about the concussion injuries he’s had and his fears for what these could mean for him in the longer term in the game (here). The Irish Sun (here) tacks in the same direction as that latter piece, as does the Irish Examiner (here).
The Connaught Telegraph (here) and the Times UK (here, paywall) both major on the “war zone” quote Lee made, which also features in most of the articles above. Other pieces with Lee today, which are along the same lines – GAA, The 42.
The Herald, meanwhile, puts a Dublin-centric spin to the story (here), bringing Diarmuid Connolly into it, but this merely enables the Westport man to joke that he’ll “have to stick with Ciarán Kilkenny.” To be honest, though, there’s a far bit of heavy lifting to be done before we have the luxury of thinking about the king of the lateral handpasses this year.
Finally, a morsel of information about the Limerick game. It’ll be reffed by Fermanagh’s Niall Cullen, a relative newcomer to the roster who first started to officiate in the championship in 2017. We’ve never had him before but he was linesman in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final replay, where he became the subject of Darran O’Sullivan’s ire after the Kerry substitute was ordered off on a black card (video clip here).
If Lee does play a part for us in the Gaelic Grounds the next day, he might well recall the Fermanagh official as he took charge of Westport’s victorious IFC club All-Ireland final back at the start of last year.
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