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Down fear Laverty farewell

By Declan Bogue

Conor Laverty's Down future is in question as the Kilcoo man has yet to link up with Eamonn Burns' side as they gear up for life in Division One.

Laverty, last year's Down captain, has yet to train collectively with the group, prompting fears that he may not be returning for the Mournemen.

Last season he attended training the very next morning after his wedding. But in the wake of Benny Coulter's return, Laverty has yet to decide his future.

Others yet to appear for Down include Aidan Carr, while it is expected that Dan Gordon will return once Loughinisland's involvement in the All-Ireland Intermediate club tournament is concluded.

Elsewhere, Donegal manager Rory Gallagher handed a debut to former Derry City and Cork City soccer player Cillian Morrison in their win over Down in Ballybofey on Sunday.

Morrison was part of the Donegal Under-21 team that reached the All-Ireland final in 2010 as a forward, before he pursued a career in soccer.

However, the St Eunan's, Letterkenny man has been performing strongly for his club over the last number of years.

Donegal also took the field on Sunday without the familiar logo of sponsors Donegal Creameries, leading to speculation that they may be poised to sign a new shirt deal.

In other news, the GAA are hoping that the game of hurling will be considered for inscription on the Unesco Representative World Heritage List, as one of the designated masterpieces of Humanity.

The benefits would include wider recognition beyond Ireland, and integrate Gaelic games into Ireland's heritage tourism.

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