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Joe Brolly holds hands up over paper talk

By John Campbell

Outspoken RTE pundit Joe Brolly has been forced to make a formal apology – but not for the remarks he made in relation to Sean Cavanagh's rugby-tackle on Conor McManus during the Tyrone v Monaghan All Ireland quarter-final last Saturday.

Instead, 1993 Derry All-Ireland winner has retracted comments made in a Sunday newspaper in relation to a Derry U16 championship match btween Glen and Swatragh.

Brolly revealed that a good friend of his coached the Glen side and that he "watched appalled as his players were systematically hauled down outside the danger area."

Brolly also inferred that Swatragh played two sweepers.

Swatragh chairman Liam McQuillan reveals that Brolly had rang to apologise over his remarks.

"He apologised for the inaccuracies in his article which were, in our opinion, an insult to Swatragh and a slight on the young players involved in what had been an exceptionally good match," states McQuillan

Meanwhile, Kildare chairman John McMahon is to hold talks with Kieran McGeeney over his future.

He is then to report back to the county board on the former Armagh All Ireland winning captain's plans.

McGeeney, who has already served six years as Kildare manager, refused to be drawn on his future after his team were knocked out of the championship by Tyrone recently.

* Ryan Feeney, the Ulster Council's Head of Public Affairs, believes gaelic football in the province is "in robust health" even though only one county has made it to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal exited the competition at the weekend but Tyrone remain standing.

"In the past 10 years, every Ulster county with the exception of Antrim has reached the last eight of the All-Ireland series and this year both Monaghan and Cavan have come to the fore," asserts Feeney.

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