Same old shtory – Part II

BEFORE the big game last Sunday, I was walking through the bowels of the stadium with my two oldest sons. As we passed the Kingdom changing room, some of the backroom lads were unloading the kitvan. “Look who it is Vince!” shouted ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan. Botty is the team’s fixer. Head of logistics is his official […]

In Focus… Neil McGee

This is an abridged version of the interview with Neil McGee published on August 25 CW: You’re 25 now, and it’s probably safe to say that this has been your most successful season in a Donegal jersey? NM: I came in first in 2005 under Brian McEniff, played three McKenna Cup games and was doing […]

John Martin – Change is bad

AND SO it came to pass. At a Central Council meeting on Saturday afternoon, delegates from 32 counties plus an tUachtarán raised two fingers to Down, Carlow and Westmeath amongst others. We have become accustomed over the years to the format of the National Hurling League being revamped every few seasons but it’s not often […]

Club money-spinners – Pub quiz

PUB QUIZZES are one of the most common fund-raisers clubs do. There are a number of reasons for their popularity. The first is their simplicity, the second is they provide an attractive effort to return ratio and third they are good craic and everyone generally leaves feeling they have had value for money. Seamus Grant […]

Aghagallon club focus

AGHAGALLON are a division one team situated in rural south Antrim, far away from the county’s GAA hotspots such as Belfast, the Glens or the banks of the Bann. Yet they have won All-Ireland’s at Scor, built a club facilities, won the intermediate championship and gained promotion to the senior ranks all in the space […]

Donnelly to deal with hurling crisis

FORMER All Star Dessie Donnelly will lead an Antrim hurling ‘think-tank’ aimed at ending the embarrassing run of defeats at All-Ireland level suffered by Saffron sides at underage level. The Antrim county board have been jolted into action after another double-figure defeat to southern opposition at the weekend, when the Saffrons were dumped out of […]

Dubs warned to ignore hype

TALK of a Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland final has dominated conversation in Dublin this week and that will play into the hands of Donegal this weekend says to Paul Curran. The Dublin wing-back, whose 1992 side lost out to the Tir Chonaill men in the All-Ireland decider, believes that the focus of many in the blue camp […]

Club focus – Stewartstown Harps

WHEN you look around you and take in the resplendent facilities which Stewartstown Harps now have at their Mullaghmoyle home, it’s hard to believe that just five years ago they were in a very different place. The club which once saw their opponents change in their cars along the roadside can now boast facilities which […]

Club moneyspinners – Record breaking

HOW many people do you know who have taken part in a world record attempt? The 1,553 people who turned up at Derrynoose GAC on 12 June 2010 can say they did just that. A small rural club on Armagh’s border with Monaghan, Derrynoose met in February 2010 to brain-storm fund-raising ideas. Committee member Padraig […]

Only one Big Society

IMAGES of English cities in flames last week demonstrated that David Cameron’s Big Society was never more than a sound bite. It is no longer possible to create from scratch a country where people share a decent common purpose and a strong community spirit, because in Britain, like most of the civilised world, the culture […]