Devenney – Calm down everyone

LIKE everyone else in Donegal, it was with a mix of surprise and disappointment that I watched the events of the last seven days unfold, events which have led to a situation which brought Kevin Cassidy’s Donegal career to an end. I know both men well, I can see their reasons. It’s just unfortunate that […]

Incidents harmed the GAA

NATIONAL Referees co-ordinator Michael Curley has reacted to the suspensions laid down on the Rasharkin GAA club this week by insisting that violence and intimidation of match officials cannot be tolerated at any level. The Antrim county board has moved to expel one player, two club members, and a member of the club’s coaching staff […]

Jarlath – Opening the book on GAA drama

I AM reading two books at present, namely Let This Be Our Secret, the story of Colin Howell by Deric Henderson who is a good friend and loyal follower of Tyrone. The other one is This Is Our Year, by Declan Bogue of this parish. One is a rollicking roller coaster account of how emotion, […]

Axed star felt there was 'unfinished business'

Here’s an extract from the statement that Kevin Cassidy made following Jim McGuinness decision to drop him from the Donegal panel. It is with great regret that following the events of Tuesday, it appears my inter-county career is over. From my debut in 2002, I always took an immense pride and gave my all when […]

Cassidy speaks

AXED Donegal star Kevin Cassidy insists that he does not regret his involvement in the book This Is Our Year’ which has led to him being dropped from the county squad by boss Jim McGuinness. In a statement released exclusively to Gaelic Life yesterday, Cassidy stated that he felt he had not overstepped the mark […]

Brown rates 2002 minors as the best

Ronan Scott: You rate the 2002 minor team as the best? Chris Brown: I would have thought so. There was more natural players on the team. Quite a number have proved that to come through on Derry senior teams.  They were two good year groups. Paul Young had been a minor in 2000, and he […]

Brolly – Culture club

The theme of the Ulster GAA conference in Armagh last Saturday was old fashioned values. The conference began with a discussion on the Irish language. The plain speaking culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín was keen to promote her ‘Liofa’ (fluency) project. The idea behind it is to create 1,000 fluent speakers out of people with […]

Devenney – Rules are better than Jeremy Kyle

FRIDAY morning telly doesn’t exactly offer much in the way of thrills and spills. Jeremy Kyle with some greasy doll taking a DNA test to find out if she’s actually human or not is usually as good as it gets. So as bad and all as the International Rules first test might have been, at […]

Chris Brown recalls 1995 minor team

Chris Brown is the last man to deliver an All-Ireland title to Derry. He managed the 2002 county minor team to All-Ireland glory. In the previous year, Mickey Harte led his Tyrone Under-21 team to the decider. But while Harte moved into senior county management with his county, Brown was overlooked. In an interview with […]

Jarlath – Rules has become a dodo

JUDGING by the lack of buzz round the country in the wake of Ireland’s astonishing victory over the Aussies last Friday morning, it is perhaps reasonable to assume that the series is, if not dying, certainly not in the best of health. When you spend your life in a school, cheek by jowl with the […]