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McGrath gets Ulster manager's job for inter-provincials

By John Campbell

Peter McGrath's achievements as manager of Fermanagh this year have earned him the role of Ulster boss for the forthcoming Inter-provincial Football Championship in which matches will be played in Armagh and Newry on December 5-6.

And former Antrim manager Kevin Ryan will take charge of the Ulster hurling side.

McGrath, who steered Down to All-Ireland glory in 1991 and 1994, brought Fermanagh into Division Two of the Allianz League this year before steering them into the All-Ireland quarter-finals, in which they were beaten by Dublin.

Passionately committed to Ulster football, McGrath is eager to extend the province's fine record in the competition and Ulster Council spokesman John Connolly believes he is well capable of delivering success.

"Peter has a massive pedigree as a manager and we have no doubt that he will do the province proud. We have been strong supporters of the inter-pro series all along the line and we will be mounting a robust marketing competition in relation to next month's competition," said Connolly.

Ryan is a former hurler of distinction who represented his native Waterford throughout the 1980s before masterminding four Ulster titles for Antrim prior to his departure this summer.

Inter-Provincial Football Championship Saturday December 5: Semi-Finals, Munster v Leinster (Pairc Esler, Newry), Ulster v Connacht (Athletic Grounds, Armagh).

Sunday December 6: Final, Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

Inter-Provincial Hurling Championship: Saturday 5: Semi-Finals: Munster v Leinster (Pearse Stadium, Salthill), Ulster v Connacht (Pearse Stadium, Salthill).

Sunday December 6: Final, Pearse Stadium, Salthill.

The Crossmaglen Rangers v Kilcoo Ulster Club semi-final will be played at Pairc Esler on Sunday week now that the Down champions have won the toss for home venue.

THE findings of an investigation by the Ulster Council's Competitions Control Committee into allegations that Donegal player Michael Carroll was verbally abused during his team's Ulster Minor Football Championship tie against Tyrone at Ballybofey in May are to remain confidential.

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