Irish International Rules manager Paul Earley has confirmed that former Galway All-Ireland winning footballer Jarlath Fallon has joined his backroom for this year’s up and coming series.
I am very disappointed for Ciaran personally as I know how much he was looking forward to working with some of the top players in the country
Fallon, who represented Ireland in the hybrid code in four tests joins Tony Scullion and Séamus McCarthy as part of a management team stepping up its preparations in the coming weeks.
He replaces Ciarán Whelan who has stepped down from his role as selector citing other sporting and professional commitments.
Paul Earley said: "I am very disappointed for Ciaran personally as I know how much he was looking forward to working with some of the top players in the country. He has made a great contribution to date as part of the management team, particularly in the process we undertook to identifying players.
"I am delighted to welcome Jarlath on board as a selector and I know he will make a huge contribution to helping us to put the best possible team out on the field for our two games against Australia.
“He was highly regarded as a player and I know he will bring the same drive and passion to his involvement with the Irish team as a selector that he did as a respected footballer.”
Fallon said: “I was both surprised and honoured to get the call from Paul when it came and I am delighted to join Séamus and Tony as part of his backroom team.
“I held the series in high regard as a player and will bring the same approach to it as a selector as we look to prepare the Irish team to the highest standard possible. I look forward to the weeks ahead and the opportunity of working alongside some of our best footballers.”
Ciarán Whelan added: “My involvement in the International Rules series was always something I took seriously and I was both delighted and honoured when I was approached by Paul to get involved.
“However my existing commitments to my club Raheny, who I manage, in addition to both work and family life with two young children mean I wasn’t in a position to give the upcoming series the full attention it deserved and for that reason I spoke to Paul outlining my position.
“I wish the team and management every success and offer them every support I can from the background.”
Ireland play Australia on October 19 in Kingspan Breffni Park before the second test in Croke Park seven days later.