Short passes with Seamus Duke

* Barry Shannon who played at corner-back for Armagh last Sunday in Crossmaglen was in Roscommon Town on Sunday night last. He is a cousin of former Roscommon Gaels player Ross Shannon who celebrated his wedding to Patricia last Sunday night in the Abbey Hotel. * Sligo play Galway in the first round of the Connacht U-21 football championship in Tubbercurry on Saturday. The winners play Roscommon at  a Sligo or Galway venue on the following Saturday. Galway are expected to win the game. * Roscommon play Sligo in the Connacht minor league on Satuday next in Boyle at 5 pm. Roscommon have won one game and lost one so far in the league. * Roscommon GAA County Board have objected to Cork’s participation in the national football league Division 2. The objection was officially handed into Croke Park on Friday last.  * Kilbride referee Sean Mullaney, who announced his retirement recently, has been honoured by the Roscommon Sports Partnership as the GAA sports personality for Gaelic Football for 2007. David McConn gets the hurling award while Mary Finneran wins in camogie, Geraldine Carey gets the ladies football award and Fuerty GAA club have won the club of the year award. * The player grant scheme which has generated some controversy in the GAA in recent months got the go-ahead from Central Council on Monday last and the GAA are now happy that the scheme does not contravene Rule 11 which covers amateur status. The grants will be paid to all county players in hurling and football. The rates will vary from €1400 to €2500 depending on how far their team goes in the 2008 championships. The grants will be paid on official vouched expenses only.