New York GAA report - Winners and loser on New York transfer night


Kevin McGeeney (Armagh) to Celtics; Michael Travers (Roscommon) to St. Barnabas; Damien Dooley (Roscommon) to St. Barnabas; Sean Donnelly (Kildare) to Westmeath; Tommy Moran (Kildare) to Westmeath; Ray Murray (Tipperary) to LI Gaels; Eoin Loughnane (Dublin) to Celtics; Eoghan Carew (Cavan) to Leitrim; Aidan Power (Tyrone) to Leitrim; Rory O’Connor (Roscommon) to LI Gaels; Sean Manley (Kildare) to Sligo; Niall McMahon (Donegal) to Westmeath.

Henry Mitchell (Leitrim) to Roscommon; Eugene O’Driscoll (Kerry) to Armagh; Robert Lowery (Galway) to Bronx Warriors; Barry Rafferty (Tyrone) to Westmeath; Jason Killeen (Tyrone) to Offaly; Ciaran Quealey (Tyrone) to Rockland; Paddy Smith (Cavan) to Armagh; Conor Skeffington (Tyrone) to Celtics; Darren Walsh (Kerry) to Mayo; Mickey Coleman (Tyrone) to Celtics.

Paddy Kelly (Leitrim) to Kerry; James Moynagh (Donegal) to Armagh; Fearghal Mulvanny (Monaghan) to Offaly; Eugene Kyne (Cavan) to St. Raymond’s; Conor O’Reilly (Tyrone) to Mayo; Liam Butler (St. Raymond’s) to Westmeath; Sean Kinahan (Kildare) to Sligo.

Meanwhile, the Paddy Kelly saga rolls on. I have been told by New York officers that he put in a request to transfer, but followed this days later with a withdrawal of the request.

The rulebook states that a suspended player cannot transfer while serving his sentence. Kelly was sent off in the senior semifinal last year and received a three game suspension. 

However, it is also in the rulebook that a suspended player can ask for lenience and get his sentence appealed to time served. That has occurred numerous times – indeed, in Van Cortland Park some years back a player was told of his problem and then wrote a letter on the side of the pitch. The chair at the time then allowed him to play. 

It appears that both clubs have a right to the player from an official standpoint. Looking at both sides, the easiest way out in this case may be to have Kelly come back to the GAA meeting and state his direction for the floor and close the issue. But then again, it’s rarely that easy in the Big Apple.