Brolly – Johnston's journey

IN one of Billy Connolly’s most memorable sketches, he suggested a new British national anthem. His theory was that the traditional hymn was boring and uninspiring with old fashioned words that were difficult to learn. He compared it to racier anthems at the Olympics, with very few lyrics. He proceeded to perform a hilarious spoof […]

Devenney – Why I'm pro the Interpros

I’M SURE that it’s probably not taking up too much space elsewhere in this paper, but the Inter-Provincials are being played this weekend in Markievicz Park and as someone who was privileged enough to play this, I would like to lend my support for the competition. With all the hype and promotion surrounding county football, […]

Jarlath – The GAA is a tribal beast, deal with it

I HADN’T intended to write about schemozzles today, having covered it in last week’s issue, and with Cross in action on Saturday, Armagh sitting at the top of Division One, Mullaghbán and Whitecross in the Scór na nÓg All Ireland final and the Interpros on Sunday, there is no shortage of material to write about. […]

Hughes 'surprised' to get captaincy

IT UNDERLINES the remarkable rise to prominence Darren Hughes has enjoyed in recent times that he wasn’t even on the Ulster squad back in 2009. In the meantime, he has gone on to be named as captain of the Monaghan senior side, and played a starring role for Ireland in their victories over Australia last […]

Interprovincials can solve GAA's ills

Inteprovincial football semi-final Ulster v Connacht Sunday, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 2pm THERE WAS a spring in the step of Ulster interprovincial football boss Joe Kernan as he strode into the Athletic Grounds for Tuesday night’s launch. The manager, who won everything there was to win with Crossmaglen and Armagh, was clearly looking forward to leading […]

Death of a GAA legend

THE Death of Kieran ‘Jap’ Finlay this week has left the GAA community in Ireland in mourning. The former Ballybay and Monaghan forward died on Tuesday following an illness. In a statement released by the county board, Monaghan manager Eamonn McEneaney said: “Kieran was a tremendous footballer and in more recent years a very competent […]

No Rogers rift

DOWN assistant boss Aidan O’Rourke has moved to quickly dispel suggestions of a rift between the Mourne management team and their former captain Ambrose Rogers. The Longstone midfielder did not travel for Down’s Division One National League clash with Cork last weekend, prompting speculation and rumours of a fall-out in the camp and a refusal […]

Brolly – Transfer of loyalties

WHEN Down’s legendary forward and current manager Wee James McCartan applied for a transfer from his club Tullylish to Burren in the 90s, the county was thrown into uproar. As the crisis mounted, a panel was convened by the County Board to investigate whether Burren parish was in fact his permanent residence. The rule specifies […]

Devenney – Keep an eye on Tyrone

IT’S been a while since we have been blown away by Tyrone, but last weekend (February 4) was a sure sign that there is a new team in the making. The last time we witnessed an awesome performance from them was in the 2010 Ulster final when they cleaned Monaghan out. By their own admission, […]

Casement on track

THE AMBITIOUS aim remains of commencing work on site at the new Casement Park by autumn 2013, according to Ulster GAA chiefs. The head of the stadium board, former Ulster Council president Tom Daly, led a GAA delegation which presented an update to the Culture, Arts and Leisure committee at Stormont last week, and reported […]