Dubs may be clicking into gear

BUOYED by a stirring comeback against Cork in the first league game, and the surprising win away to Kerry, there has been significant optimism in Armagh over the fortnight league break that they could sustain their form. But then came Ciaran McKeever’s suspension, a blow they really did not need. Getting against Mayo is always […]

Donaghy issues rallying cry

BRENDAN Donaghy has issued a rallying cry to Armagh fans to get behind him and his team mates this weekend as they attempt to bounce back from their loss to Mayo, by beating the All-Ireland champions Dublin. The Orchard county have not recorded victory against Dublin in a competitive match since 2008, having suffered defeats […]

Jarlath – A look in the Ulster Championship crystal ball

AS WE head into Spring and towards harder ground and training, things are beginning to shape up nicely within the leagues and patterns are starting to emerge as to how some counties would do if they were to enter the first round of the championship as opposed to the third round of the league on […]

Brolly – A Soprano solution to the GAA's problems

WHEN Páraic Duffy’s discussion document on Manager Payments was released a few months ago, county officials were asked by Croke Park to canvas the views of their members in relation to the options set out in the report. One after the other, every county has rejected the payment option outright. There is unanimous backing – […]

O'Boyle praise for John Brennan

John Brennan’s arrival as Derry senior boss has coincided with the emergence of O’Boyle at senior inter-county level, and the strong rapport between the full-forward and his manager is clear. “John’s great. Compared to other managers who I’ve worked under, he’s a real players man and thankfully he has a lot of time for me. […]

O'Boyle realises his chance to make an impact

IT HAD been a disappointing league opener against Galway, Derry slumping to defeat on their home patch. The Derry county board have put in place a new system where Oak Leaf followers text vote for their Man of the Match award. When Cailean O’Boyle was announced as the inaugural winner under the new scheme, the […]

Devenney – A transfer of opinions

THE SEANIE Johnston saga has been the subject of a hundred different columns. Being a man who likes to keep up with trends, I am going to have a blast at it this week. Transfer. It’s a bit of a dirty word in the GAA. Some clubs delight in telling you that they have a […]

Fermanagh's footballers head for hurling country

WITH the majority of the county squads getting a flogging during the fortnight break in the league, Fermanagh took a stroll down easy street. With Peter Canavan in New York for the Tyrone New York Dinner Dance, the players also enjoyed some downtime. Overnight stays, for a side that wish to escape the bottom division, […]

Forward absentees still the story in Cavan

THREE months on, and everybody’s still talking about Seanie. When will it all end? Well, it doesn’t, quite frankly. It is the story that just keeps on giving. Seanie’s training with a bunch of lads in Straffan… Kieran McGeeney refuses to rule out the move… Shane Supple lets it slip that Kildare asked him to […]

McCann says Antrim can get better

Two wins from two games, players returning from injury and the mood in the camp a positive one. Yet Antrim still aren’t satisfied. According to attacker Tomas McCann, the Saffrons know they are playing within themselves, and that there’s still plenty more room for improvement. “We have two out of two, but we’re still trying […]