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 […]

Moore eager to make impact for Derry

The Craigbane attacker Lee Moore made his first foray into senior inter-county football in 2010 when Damian Cassidy invited him into his Oak Leaf squad. Just two weeks after receiving the call-up, he started against Mayo, and was brought on against Dublin, Kerry and Monaghan. Last year Derry boss John Brennan opted for the more […]

Moore to come

IN ONE of the first ever issues of Gaelic Life back in 2007, Craigbane’s Lee Moore was the subject of a One For The Future interview. Just 16 years old and a lower sixth student at St Columb’s in Derry at that stage, he had just broken onto the Craigbane senior team where he played […]

Devenney – Jim McGuinness is only getting started

SOMETHING struck me about the media launch of the 2012 National Leagues, and it wasn’t something immediately seized upon by the journalists at the event. When questioned about the various internal spats that he found himself in since taking over as Donegal boss, Jim McGuinness listed Eamon McGee alongside Adrian Hanlon as players who had […]

Jarlath – A True Gael

AT A minute past seven last Saturday night, Peter Robinson walked into the Morgan Athletic Grounds flanked by Martin McGuinness on one side and Aogán Ó Fearáil on the other and took his place at the front of the stand. It was a little bit of history and showed how the GAA has allowed itself […]

Gaelic Life predicts league champions

Declan Bogue’s predictions Division one League final: Mayo V Kerry Going down: Armagh and Laois Division two League final: Tyrone V Kildare Going down: Louth and Westmeath Division three League final: Wexford V Roscommon Going down: Offaly and Longford Division four League final: Fermanagh V Limerick. I am rather taken with the job going on […]

A time for revenge?

THERE is a certain poignance in the fact that Peter Canavan’s reign over Fermanagh truly begins on the same patch of grass that ended John O’Neill’s, when Fermanagh limped out of the 2011 Championship with a deserved win for London in the qualifiers. That day, Fermanagh knew exactly what to expect. There was a structure […]