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Kevin Sheedy’s tri-series suggestion

International Rules

Whether it’s the work of the martians or the seagulls, Kevin Sheedy is not often backward in coming forward. For a plumber – he can be somewhat lateral. His latest suggestion is reported in the IrishExaminer Sheedy proposes novel ‘tri-series’ idea.

The following is lifted from the article by Daragh Ó Conchúir, dated August 26. Sheedy also put forward this idea earlier this year in an 'open letter' published here in the Daily Telegraph.

"What I’d really love to see is an international rules tri-series played between indigenous Australia, non-indigenous Australia and Ireland," Sheedy said. "It would be great for the development of the series, if the Australians and the Irish have the courage to do it. It’s an opportunity for indigenous people to be leaders of their own people on a tour to Ireland where they have never toured before. Irish people don’t know much about indigenous Australians. It should be the next step in the development in the series.

"It would be fair to say that the two groups have a lot in common. Irish people and indigenous people have had a pretty tough life."

The former Essendon coach re-affirmed his interest in the development of international rules, revealing that he had tried to make the series a more global event during his time as coach.

"I met up with the secretary of the Gaelic Association on the East Coast of America about three years ago to talk about bringing the Australian team.

"I’ve always looked for ways to play international rules in America on the way to Ireland. I’m always looking for the chance."