Where now for Mickey Harte…

BY DECLAN BOGUE FUNNY how the rebuilding of a team works. Managers, long-standing ones anyway, are supposed to fall into two different categories; the one occupied by Pete McGrath, and the other, the Sean Boylan example. McGrath had brought two All-Irelands to Down, but by 2000 he was hanging onto the job out of habit. […]

Full house for Dubs and Donegal

CROKE PARK is bracing itself for a Donegal invasion next weekend. And demand for tickets for their All-Ireland semi-final showdown is at an unprecedented high. Such has been the rate of ticket sales that GAA officials expect the fixture to completely sell out by this Friday. Jim McGuinness’ side are making an escape from the […]

Saturday's Cairde Catherine

THE huge charity GAA event organised in memory of Catherine Quinn (nee Murray) has captured the imagination of sportsmen and women from right across Ireland. Today is the big day, and since the event was first mooted, the number of people who have shown their support by having their photograph taken with the Cairde Catherine […]

Cynical fouling – Dublin are the worst

A second extract from this week’s feature on cynical fouling…. Danny Hughes is recognised far and wide as one of the finest Down footballers of his generation. He is a ball player, an attacker who likes to run at defences, but who can also pick a pass and score as well. And yet he believes […]

Cynical fouling – a study

CYNICAL fouling, should it be discouraged and stamped out of the game, or is it something that teams must embrace if they are to win? In a fortnight’s time, two sides who have been accused of using this strategy to their advantage will face off in an All-Ireland semi-final. Donegal and Dublin are hungry for […]

Referees announced for semis

Laois whistler Maurice Deegan will officiate Donegal’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin on August 28 at Croke Park. Deegan could be a popular choice for the Tir Chonaill men as he has already taken control of two of Donegal’s championship matches this year, their preliminary round game against Antrim and the Ulster final against Derry, both […]

This is the big one – Whelan

Saturday’s mouthwatering Croke Park showdown between Dublin and Tyrone will be the game of this Championship season, according to Dublin legend Ciaran Whelan.
The former powerhouse midfielder, now a regular on RTE’s Sunday Game programming, believes that this weekend’s clash could well produce the eventual All-Ireland champions, and is the game which will not only decide the destination of the Sam Maguire, but will also define the managerial career of Dublin boss Pat Gilroy.
“Saturday night is the defining game for both these teams. I firmly believe that whoever wins will have a great chance of going on and winning the All-Ireland. It really is that big of a game, one to really whet the appetite.
“This, to me, is Dublin’s All-Ireland final, and will be the defining moment in Pat Gilroy’s tenure as Dublin manager.”

Lockhart top of Antrim wish-list

Antrim boss Liam Bradley could once again look to his native county as he attempts to find a new coach for the Saffron senior side. Bradley must find a new backroom team following the departures of Niall Conway and Paddy McNeill, and top of his wanted list is former Derry defender Sean Marty Lockhart. The […]

Forget history

FORMER Armagh star Paul McGrane insists that only one thing matters when the Orchard men travel to take on Tyrone this Saturday; The result. The big Ballyhegan man, part of the Armagh coaching set-up this season under Paddy O’Rourke, believes “The biggest thing in the minds of either team this weekend is to progress. Nothing […]

Ulster Final analysis

THE TALKING has been done, the clichés have all been wheeled out through the press and the obligatory appearances at photo shoots, sponsor launches and keeping everyone outside the camp happy have all been completed. Now, it’s time for business. When Jim McGuinness and John Brennan send their respective sides out into battle at the […]