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 […]

Refereeing – An administrator's opinion

Ulster referees co-ordinator Tiernach Mahon this week led the tributes to his former colleague Martin Mulholland. The Fermanagh man was himself an inter-county referee up until a few years ago before taking on the duties as administrator. He admits that the death has sent shockwaves through the refereeing fraternity in Ulster and beyond. “I was […]

Kilcar lady bids to be crowned superfan

While Jim McGuinness and his Donegal side must wait until next Sunday before they can dream of All-Ireland glory, one supporter from the Tir Chonnail county is bidding to claim an All-Ireland crown of her own next week. Everyone in football circles in Donegal knows Kilcar’s Mary ‘Football’ Breslin. She has dedicated years of her […]

Mooney trains with Collingwood

Young Down star Caolan Mooney took his first steps towards a career as an AFL player this week when he was involved in his first training sessions with Collingwood. Mooney jetted into Melbourne last Thursday to begin his new life as an AFL rookie, and the attacker says that he is more than enjoying his […]

Where now for Mickey Harte…

BY DECLAN BOGUE FUNNY how the rebuilding of a team works. Managers, long-standing ones anyway, are supposed to fall into two different categories; the one occupied by Pete McGrath, and the other, the Sean Boylan example. McGrath had brought two All-Irelands to Down, but by 2000 he was hanging onto the job out of habit. […]

Full house for Dubs and Donegal

CROKE PARK is bracing itself for a Donegal invasion next weekend. And demand for tickets for their All-Ireland semi-final showdown is at an unprecedented high. Such has been the rate of ticket sales that GAA officials expect the fixture to completely sell out by this Friday. Jim McGuinness’ side are making an escape from the […]

Saturday's Cairde Catherine

THE huge charity GAA event organised in memory of Catherine Quinn (nee Murray) has captured the imagination of sportsmen and women from right across Ireland. Today is the big day, and since the event was first mooted, the number of people who have shown their support by having their photograph taken with the Cairde Catherine […]