McGinnity the secret footballer

Peter McGinnity was a legend as a player, and now he is a legend as a manager. But his county career started without his parents knowing, as he told Declan Bogue in this extract from an interview in this week’s Gaelic Life: Declan Bogue: So you went on to play county football when you were […]

Mental health, a GAA issue

In this week’s Gaelic Life, there is a two-page feature on the issue of mental health, and how it can affect athletes. The GPA’s Colm Regan explained how they can affect GAA athletes: THERE are of course problems which are unique to the GAA player, especially those competing at inter-county level. They are just as […]

McGinnity's 'crazy' dual role

Peter McGinnity played football into his mid 40s. He told Declan Bogue this week that one of the craziest decisions he ever made was try to play and manage. Declan Bogue: You found it hard to let it go and ended up playing for a long, long time. Peter McGinnity: My last game was the […]

Kernan retains Ulster reins

JOE KERNAN will once again patrol the line for Ulster following the Crossmaglen man’s ratification as manager of the provincial football side. The inter-provincial series is being re-introduced in 2012 following a two year hiatus. Having led the provincial side to glory in the year prior to the break, Kernan was confirmed as Ulster boss […]

That's entertainment – Brolly

THE Donegal county board secretary Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearaigh has used his report to the weekend’s county convention to attack anyone who expressed reservations about “Donegal’s negative style of football.” There is an obvious contradiction at the heart of the report since Mairtín himself accepts that their style is not entertaining. His message is ‘We […]

O'Reilly's a big stage man

Jamie O’Reilly told Gaelic Life that the experience of playing in front of the big crowds was one of the reasons he enjoyed playing with Richmond Tigers. However, he’s back now and studying at Queen’s, in the current issue of Gaelic Life he told Ciaran Woods all about it. Here’s an extract from that interview. […]

Sobering dedication – Brolly

ON Miriam O’Callaghan’s radio program on Monday, Mick O’Dwyer said he couldn’t rule out a return to inter-county management in 2013, explaining that football is ‘like a drug’ for him. “People like drugs and drink and cigarettes, the whole lot, but football to me is the real drug and I just can’t get away from […]

Monaghan's McManus says less is more

This week, the Monaghan forward Conor McManus spoke to Gaelic Life about the season gone by, and revealed that as a free-taker, less is more. Here’s an extract from the interview: CW: It’s been quite a journey from when as a youngster you used to kick balls at senior training. CMcM: That’s how I spent […]

Monaghan will improve in New Year

Monaghan corner forward Conor McManus told Ciaran Woods in a recent interview  that Monaghan learnt a valuable lesson last year. That lesson will impact upon how they approach the upcoming League and Championship. Here’s an extract from that interview: Ciaran Woods: You’re in Division Two of the National League, with the likes of Tyrone and […]

Canavan realistic about challenge

THE APPOINTMENT of Peter Canavan has raised hopes and expectations in the Erne county, but the new boss is very clear about the enormity of the task facing him. “I think there’s a realisation that there’s an awful lot of work to be done, and a lot of ground to be caught up on. “We’re […]