Aussies can't win second test


IN THE past week, we’ve heard the opinions of just about everyone who matters, and doesn’t matter, about the International Rules and what future it has. The consensus has been that the drubbing handed out by Ireland on their hosts last Friday night could well be the death knell for the compromise game, but first […]


This is our Year


In this week’s Gaelic Life, you’ll find exclusive extracts from the new sports book written by Declan Bogue. In this piece, he explains his motivation for writing what will be the most controversial book of the year. IT SOUNDS like a simple concept, pick a man from each county and follow his sporting year. But […]


McConnell says new boys must step up


TYRONE goalkeeper Pascal McConnell has, this week, issued a rallying cry to the county’s young players to step up and help lead the Red Hand county back to glory. The giant net-minder was speaking in the wake of the confirmed retirements of Brian McGuigan and Philip Jordan, who joined Brian Dooher in calling time on […]


Brady on Antrim


This is an extract from an interview with Colin Brady which was published in the October 27 issue of Gaelic Life Declan Bogue: We’ve talked plenty about St Gall’s, but how does playing for Antrim make you feel? Colin Brady: It’s a fantastic honour to play for your county. We get on really well with […]


Devenney – International Rules may be in bother


THIS week, during an idle moment, I found myself researching the history of Australian Rules football. I say research, but it’s pretty much what anybody does when they wish to find out more about anything – I typed Aussie Rules into a Google search and read the top few results. Even though you could do […]


A change could do us good


In this week’s column, Jarlath suggest some aspects of the modern game which should change: WE ARE creatures of habit in the GAA and accept our norms as if they were the Bible itself. But why do we do it? Many aspects of Gaelic games that we just take for granted might now benefit from […]


The Irish mean business


THERE were more ins, outs, and shaking it all abouts in the Irish squad over recent weeks than there were at this year’s Irish National Hokey Cokey Championships, but eventually Anthony Tohill got a panel gathered together and got them out to the land of Oz. There is no Sean Cavanagh, no Bernard or Alan […]


Impressive Aussie stars


IT’S hard to find a recognisable name on the Australian squad list, with new coach Rodney Eade opting for a youthful and inexperienced side even more than his predecessor Mick Malthouse. The new coach has loaded his side with smaller, faster, young players who he feels are more suited to the game which the International […]


Ulster prepares to learn from Kerry


TIPPERARY boss John Evans is just one of a high-profile list of speakers who will address a football coaching conference in Monaghan next month. The Kerry native will deliver a workshop entitled ‘Attaining success; Do structures matter?’ to delegates at the conference, which will be hosted by Monaghan GAA in St Macartan’s College on Saturday […]


Positive thinking hokum – Brolly


IN the off-beat war movie, ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ (for younger readers, that is those of you who can’t spell and think grammar is a type of secondary school, the plot revolves around a group of G.I.s who have to get across the river to steal gold bullion from the Nazis.)