Lunchtime Sports Update


One of the stars of Celtic’s famous ‘Lisbon Lions’ side, Tommy Gemmell, has died at the age of 73.

He scored in their 1967 European Cup final win over Inter Milan – and in the 1970 showpiece against Feyenoord.

The Scottish Premiership side say the Scotland international full-back passed away after a long illness.

Gemmell also played for Dundee and Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal have been handed a much needed boost ahead of their Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny are both available for the game after overcoming injuries.

Mesut Ozil should also feature despite missing out on training yesterday due to illness.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also responded to speculation linking him with the soon-to-be-vacant Barcelona job, saying he is not interested in managing other clubs, but has yet to decide on his future in Arsenal.


England could be handed a huge boost for that potential Six Nations decider against Ireland in two weeks time.

Billy Vunipola has made a quicker than expected recovery from a knee injury, and it’s believed he’s in contention to play for Saracens this weekend.

Vunipola was one of England’s star performers during their unbeaten 2016.


Former Down footballer Marty Clarke has been forced to retire from the sport on medical grounds.

The 29 year old suffers from Addison’s Disease – a rare illness which causes a lack of steroid hormones.

According to The Irish News he has been advised to stop playing all competitive sport.

Clarke helped Down reach the 2010 All-Ireland final and had two spells with Australian Rules side Collingwood.


Tralee Sports Complex is the venue next Sunday for The Swimming County Finals.

Looking ahead is Nelius Collins………………