Bonner recalls missed Bhoy-hood

Declan Bonner passed up a potential career as a soccer star to focus on Gaelic Football. The 1992 All-Ireland title certainly suggests that he made the right decision. In the current issue of Gaelic Life, he explains the moment when he took the path to GAA glory. Ronan Scott: What were your early days playing […]

Jarlath – Depression is an issue the GAA must address

I HAVE always had a regard for cricketer Andrew Flintoff. His career was the epitome of perseverance. It required a belief in himself that would finally allow the England selectors to see through his bulky frame and into the talented fast bowler and all rounder that he was to become. His innings of 135 in […]

Gilligan's reveals his shooting strategy

The time off served him well. In his last Ulster Championship match, the 2008 Ulster semi-final against Fermanagh, he had a penalty batted away by Ronan Gallagher, before pointing the resulting ‘45’. Striking dead balls is one of his strengths, and observers claim that he has one of those kicking actions that are God-given. He […]

Brolly – Supporting Northern Ireland not an option

BBC Northern Ireland aired a fascinating documentary recently. It began with footage of the 12th July parade on Belfast’s Shankill Road in the mid 1960s. As one of the bands passed, belting out The Billy Boys, a girl of seven or eight turned towards the camera and shouted f*** the Pope. The words of the […]

Gilligan explains Skinner injury incident

STRICTLY speaking, Derry’s 2011 inter-county season ended in Croke Park on July 23 when Kildare cleaned them out and Enda Muldoon had a goal ruled out for a suspected square ball offence. Emotionally, it came six days earlier, when Donegal’s venus fly-trap defence opened their jaws and swallowed the Derry attack whole in the Ulster […]

Devenney – New systems needed for Donegal and Monaghan

AFTER the first week of McKenna Cup football, there is a healthy degree of, ‘Ah, sure it’s the first day back,’ and ‘Who cares, really?’ In general, fans are just delighted to be back on the terraces, talking about football and shaking off some of the fur that gathers on you while you spend too […]

New attitude from Down

YOU CAN’T help but notice that things seem very different about Down this year. Their purposeful, forceful nature and bullish attitude to their approach is reflected in the way they’ve gone about matters on the field. Down have called in the heavy artillery, and they mean business. They steamrolled their way into the last four […]

Time for Derry to get defensive

FOR DERRY, the month of January has so far been all about work-rate and the return of some familiar faces to the mix. Lest we forget, they’re the reigning McKenna Cup champions, and things seem to be ticking over nicely as they head into the knockout stages. Last year, Derry received many plaudits for the […]

Canavan will be focused on League

THERE’S no arguing with the fact that the feel-good factor is very much back in Fermanagh. Their opening results in the McKenna Cup campaign, with Seamus Quigley leading the assault, have reminded them all of why they play the game in the first place. They’re playing their football with a spring in their step and […]

Challenge has changed for Tyrone

IT’S A familiar pattern with Tyrone. The further into the McKenna Cup things go, the more familiar look the Tyrone line-up takes. This year has been no different, doing little more than what was required in the early rounds, with more regulars introduced the closer things get to the knockout stages. Make no mistake; The […]