We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 10:55 | 17/12/15

Coulter returning to Down panel

Down manager Eamon Burns has revealed that Benny Coulter has made himself available for 2016.

Coulter, who was regularly regarded as one of the best forwards in the country, announced his inter-county retirement in November 2014, claiming it was time to step aside and make way for the younger generation to line out for Down.

There has been constant speculation about a possible return and Burns has confirmed that the Mayobridge start will come out of retirement in 2016.

"I was speaking to Benny and he’s started a wee bit of prep work on his own, so hopefully we’ll see him before Christmas, all being well," Burns told the Irish News.

When asked if Coulter will play for Down in 2016, Burns replied: "Yep."

While Coulter looks set to return to the panel, Conor Laverty's future remains up in the air with reports suggesting he is ready to call it a day.

Burns admits he does not know whether Laverty will be part of the panel in 2016 but he is hopeful he will decide to carry on.

"At the minute, Conor’s taking a break," Burns added.

"We sent out an invitation for him to join the panel, but a lot of the Kilcoo boys are taking a bit of a break as they had an extended season. That’s where it is at the minute. I haven’t had any indication that Conor’s not going to come back.

"I haven’t had the opportunity. I was at a do on Friday night and was speaking to a lot of the players, but Conor wasn’t there."

Fitzgerald having an impact despite ban

09:09 | Today

Davy Fitzgerald is monitoring Wexford's preparations for their Leinster SHC quarter-final clash with Laois closely, despite his eight-week ban.

Clarke plays down injury concerns

09:36 | Today

Jamie Clarke has played down concerns over his fitness ahead of Armagh's Ulster SFC quarter-final clash with Down on Sunday week.

Barrett: Dublin can cope with player departures

10:05 | 24/5/17

Dublin cannot afford to dwell on the players who are no longer part of the panel as they prepare to face Galway in the Leinster SHC quarter-final, Shane Barrett...

One-match ban for McMahon

09:03 | 23/5/17

Dublin will have to plan without Philly McMahon for the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Carlow after he was hit with a one-game ban.

Cork picking on form, not age, says Kingston

18:51 | 21/5/17

Cork manager Kieran Kingston blooded five debutants against Tipperary and praised the youth of his side after their superb victory.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.