Where next for Armagh?

No matter what front those in positions of power in Armagh present, the managerial structure of the Armagh senior team is, in the words of Joe Brolly at full time after the Ulster semi-final, “a mess, a total mess.” It’s the situation of Mickey McGurn that puzzles the most. Although the finger of suspicion pointed […]

What next for Antrim?

After two years of the upward curve under Baker, it all came crashing in around Antrim in 2011. The temptation is to say that the progression is over, but it would be unfair. Even before winter closed in, Bradley was already making his plans. Perhaps the bravest move he has made since taking on the […]

This Is Our Year – reviewed

THERE’S something profoundly melancholy about This Is Our Year. Fear, anxiety, regret, guilt, paranoia and pain – physical and mental – are the currency of this book. Victory only ever seems to put off the moment when the tang of defeat will have to be savoured and choked down. Perhaps if the Dubs had been […]

Say it aint so Joe – Book extract

In the current issue of Gaelic Life, Declan Bogue reveals some out takes from his best-selling book This is our Year. In this extract, he looked at the 1998 Ulster final between the same two opponents that appeared in this year’s decider. Due to space restrictions, it did not make the cut, but here it […]

Antrim and Monaghan panels named

EAMONN McEneaney will have eight rookies at his disposal during next year’s McKenna Cup campaign. The new boys are Tyholland’s Carl O’Connell, Ciaran Daly (Donaghmoyne), David Millar (Drumhowan), James Bellew (Emyvale), Matthew McKenna (Inniskeen), Ronan McNally (Tyholland), Rory Beggan (Scotstown), Tommy O’Neill (Ballybay). This year’s panel will not have much to do to improve on […]

Antrim's Brady postpones retirement

KEVIN Brady says that a disappointing season with Antrim last year, swung his decision to postpone retirement for another year. Brady is part of Liam Bradley’s 26-man McKenna Cup panel, who begin their season with a clash with Fermanagh in Brewster Park on Sunday January 8. At the end of 2010, he told Gaelic Life […]

Joe Kernan autobiography review

WHY can’t people give Joe Kernan his due? It’s a knotty question. He came national prominence in 1977 when Armagh reached the All-Ireland final, and once again with Crossmaglen, taking them to three All-Ireland club titles, before winning the Sam Maguire with Armagh in 2002 and overseeing the greatest era in the county’s history. By […]

Martin O'Neill factor – Brolly

FOR a man who missed the penalty that lost Derry the 1970 All-Ireland minor semi-final, Martin O’Neill has come a long way. Ger Power’s Kerry won by two points that day, in a game Derry dominated courtesy of O’Neill. It is one of the few reversals in his career. Last Sunday, I departed from the […]

Get stuffed – Jarlath

STUFF. Only players know what stuff is. It’s the amalgam of gear, toiletries, dental protection, towels and miraculous medals that make up the kit bag of the modern day player. Back in my era, which my children now tell me was the olden days, stuff, like life was simple, uncomplicated and straightforward. You headed off […]

Progress has its price – Devenney

WE all know the drill by now. The county team go back at the start of the year – or as we can see plenty of evidence right now, way before it – and the stories emerge of the ‘serious’ training they are doing. Before long, the club starts up. Maybe the county players might […]