Wednesday, August 03, 2022

A Galway star footballer’s planned transfer to Dublin giants Kilmacud Crokes has been cast into some doubt with GAA rules not accommodating a move being shaped by a third-level college course.

Shane Walsh informed his club Kilkerrin-Clonberne last weekend that he intended to switch to Dublin where he was living and studying. Picture: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Walsh informed his club Kilkerrin-Clonberne last weekend that he intended to switch to Dublin where he was living and studying.

In a statement issued on his behalf on Monday, Walsh outlined the reasoning behind the move, stating that he was living and studying in the capital for a BA (Hons) in physical education at Portobello Institute accredited by Liverpool John Moore’s University.

He has been travelling over and back to Galway for inter-county training, sometimes with John Divilly, for much of the year but said that it “takes it toll” and that a move to Crokes, All-Ireland club finalists last February, was the right one for him at this point.

However, according to Independent.ie, for the transfer to be approved by the GAA, Walsh must satisfy the ‘permanent residence’ criteria as set out in the Official Guide and that clearly doesn’t allow for Higher Education accommodation.

“Residency for the purpose of attending a Primary or Post Primary School or a Higher Education College shall not qualify as a permanent residence for the purposes of this rule,” the definition under rule 6.3 states.

There may be more elements to Walsh living in Dublin but being a student will make the move from his home club all the more difficult.

The transfer will have to be approved by the Croke Park games department.

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