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Ex-Dub Philip Ryan named on Tipp panel as Sligo's Ewing bows out

Former Dublin footballer Philip Ryan has been named in this year's Tipperary senior football pane...



Ex-Dub Philip Ryan named on Ti...
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Ex-Dub Philip Ryan named on Tipp panel as Sligo's Ewing bows out

Former Dublin footballer Philip Ryan has been named in this year's Tipperary senior football panel. 

The St. Brigid's clubman was part of Jim Gavin's squad between 2013 and 2016, and was part of the All Ireland final panel in 2015.

Ryan is reportedly a nephew of Tipperary's 1971 All Ireland hurling winner, Dinny Ryan. He played full-forward in Gavin's 2012 U21 All Ireland winning Dublin side.

"Lovely player, sweet left boot", was the succinct assessment of former Dublin colleague Bernard Brogan.

Midfielder Liam Casey is a notable absentee from the Munster champions' panel. He had initially opted out of the 2020 campaign but returned to score a vital goal in the semi-final win over Limerick, adding two-points in the historic final victory over Cork.

Tipp will operate out of Division 3 South of the Allianz Football League, before beginning the defence of their Munster crown with a semi-final against either Kerry or Clare.

Ewing bows out

Sligo stalwart Neil Ewing has called time on his inter-county career.

The former captain made his Sligo debut back in 2008, and played in three Connacht Football finals.

"Dodged injury for a long time but luck couldn’t last forever," Ewing said in a parting statement.

"At the minute the body is not willing to do what the heads is telling it. It was a childhood dream to pull on the Sligo jersey. An honour to have enjoyed the opportunity to do so.

"From 2008 it has been a privilege beyond words to get to play alongside some who were heroes growing up, some who will be future stars and some whose monumental, unseen, commitment to train/travel/prepare didn’t get them a regular run in the 1-15 jersey.

"Hugely disappointing to not have a Connacht Championship medal.

"Will forever regret a free I gave away in 2010. Did everything I could, in my limited capabilities, to make up for that moment.

"In the absence of achieving ambitions I have to take solace in the great experiences shared, friends made and support received along the way."

Meanwhile, Sligo are taking the first steps towards integration of the men's and women's games.

"Sligo GAA & Sligo LGFA Executive Officers have recently commenced a series of meetings to explore areas of mutual interest," they said.

"This is a first for Sligo GAA & Sligo LGFA with both Associations having responsibility for the promotion of Gaelic Games within our County.

"Sligo GAA & Sligo LGFA look forward to having an aligned pathway with a joint approach to a vision for the future, encompassing & discussing all areas of mutual interest.

"Both Associations are keen to support each other to confront the challenges that will present to their members in these unprecedented times."

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