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Joe Ledley of Celtic celebrates the team’s second goal against Motherwell on Saturday. Photo by: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Sports Digest: Anthony Stokes eager for Celtic success

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Joe Ledley of Celtic celebrates the team’s second goal against Motherwell on Saturday. Photo by: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“They usually save their best performance for the last day so I think their form is very good, their first half against Cork, their second against Mayo were both top class performances.

“They’re deservedly in the final, no one’s really come near them bar Cork. I don’t see much weakness there compared to two years ago.”
 

O’Grady Out

Donal O’Grady’s brief tenure as manager of the Limerick hurling team is over after the Corkman opted not to extend his initial 12-month contract with the Shannonsiders.

O’Grady led Limerick to the National League Division Two title and to the All-Ireland SHC quarterfinals but won’t be staying on for another year in charge.

“I committed to a year and that’s what I was working towards in my own head,” O’Grady told the Limerick Leader. “Some people will say why didn’t I say so after the Dublin match, but I expected to win that game so hadn’t thought about the future.
“I took my time, and after the All-Ireland hurling final, which is kind of the end of the hurling year, I communicated my decision to the county board, I wanted to give it plenty of thought.

“The idea was that I would stay for a year and bring something to the table that maybe the next person can learn from.

“Last September when I agreed to come in I didn’t know what kind of set-up was there but I was pleased with the support from the county board, they provided everything we needed and more.”
 

Fitz for Clare?

Davy Fitzgerald is favorite to take over as manager of his native Clare after ending his term as Waterford manager.

Fitzgerald’s three years in charge of the Waterford senior team is officially at an end after he informed the county board that he will not seek another term in office.

Former player Fergal Hartley has been linked with the job with Liam Sheedy, who led Tipperary to the 2010 All-Ireland title, also in the frame.
 

GAA Shorts

Kerry's Eoin Brosnan and Seamus Scanlon are injury doubts for Sunday’s All-Ireland senior football final date with Dublin in Croke Park. Brosnan injured his ankle during a training session in Killarney last week while Scanlon has undergone surgery on a benign cyst on his neck and is rated a highly doubtful for the decider...

Wexford enjoyed a Croke Park double on Sunday when they won two of the three All-Ireland camogie finals contested. A late goal from captain Ursula Joyce helped the senior team to victory over Galway for the second year in a row while their intermediate side defeated Antrim. Waterford beat Down in the junior final...

Anthony Cunningham’s hopes of succeeding John McIntyre as Galway senior hurling team boss were boosted when he guided the under-21 side to a 3-14 to 1-10 win over Dublin in the All-Ireland final in Thurles...
 
Donegal's Karl Lacey hopes to have recovered from keyhole surgery on a knee injury in time to play for Ireland in next month’s Compromise Rules series in Australia...

The Wexford County Board has asked former manager Liam Griffin to lead the committee charged with finding a new boss for their senior hurling team...

Former Armagh player Jarlath Burns is to assist the Fermanagh County Board’s review of their senior football squad set-up...

Cork's dual star Aidan Walsh has confirmed that he will focus on football next season and quit the hurling squad...

Sligo's veteran midfielder Eamonn O’Hara has confirmed he wants to play on for at least one more season...

The legendary Sean Boylan has been appointed to a new director of football role by the Meath County Board...

Limerickfitness guru Jerry Wallace is favorite to succeed Dinny Cahill as manager of the Antrim hurlers...

Croke Park officials have confirmed that the all-star and GPA award schemes are to merge next year...

JamesMcCartan has been confirmed for another year in charge of the Down senior football team...

Meath's Graham Geraghty has dismissed suggestions he is to become a selector under manager Seamus McEnaney.
 

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