Tyrone v Dublin 15 years on

IT’S taken more than 15 years, but the Tyrone team of 1995 will at last get the chance to reap revenge over their Dublin counterparts as the sides prepare to line out once again next month, with charity guaranteed to be the winner. The likes of Canavan, the Lawn brothers, Cush and Logan will be […]

A Very Different County – book review

TO consider a book like this, the context it appears in is all-important. The over-arching verdict on the trade of Journalism, is that it is dying. The attractions of websites and self-appointed ‘citizen journalists’, who clearly feel that 140 twitter characters are not enough to serve their ego has led to a shift in newspaper […]

Jarlath recalls All-Irelands past

Those of us painted and tainted with the narrow brush of the GAA tend to link age milestones with whatever big event happened in the championship in that year. For me, world history began in 1977 which is my earliest memory of anything that makes sense apart from the day I tactically soiled my trousers […]

Magheracloone may get Freeman back

DAVID Reilly is optimistic that Tommy Freeman may return in time to play some part in this year’s Championship. A week ago, it looked as if Magheracloone were on the brink of exiting the Championship as they were up against Clontibret in the losers side of the competition, but they pulled off an incredible result, […]

Ulster star's get their kicks

Some of the country’s biggest kickers will descend on Bray this weekend as they bid to break an All-Ireland Kick Fada record which has stood for a decade. The records, 73 metres for men and 52 metres for women, were set back in 2001 by four-time Kick Fada champion Mark Herbert of Kildare and Suzanne […]

Hughes rails against discipline

IN a candid interview with Gaelic Life, three-time All-star winner Nudie Hughes has decried the standard of discipline in the modern game. Hughes believes that, while modern footballers are treated better than ever, their behaviour is reprehenisble and the, “Code is breaking down.” In particular, Hughes’ was angered by poor behaviour being overlooked for marquee […]

Dubs warned to ignore hype

TALK of a Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland final has dominated conversation in Dublin this week and that will play into the hands of Donegal this weekend says to Paul Curran. The Dublin wing-back, whose 1992 side lost out to the Tir Chonaill men in the All-Ireland decider, believes that the focus of many in the blue camp […]

Only one Big Society

IMAGES of English cities in flames last week demonstrated that David Cameron’s Big Society was never more than a sound bite. It is no longer possible to create from scratch a country where people share a decent common purpose and a strong community spirit, because in Britain, like most of the civilised world, the culture […]

Barry Reilly interview

BARRY Reilly is one of the most successful young footballers of his generation. He won two Colleges All-Stars while playing for a MacLarnon Cup side against MacRory Cup players. In his first year of senior club football he helped Kingscourt win their first senior football championship since 1993, and earlier this year he played in […]

Barry Reilly says Cavan should have beaten Donegal

In an extract from the Gaelic Life Interview with Barry Reilly, the Cavan and Kingscourt star explains how he is amazed that Donegal got past the Breffni men in the Ulster Senior Football Championship. Barry Reilly: Donegal played the same style of football that their seniors play, they drop men behind the ball. We didn’t […]