John Martin – Hunger trumps hype


HUNGER and hype. The two major elements that determined the destination of the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 2011. In contrast to 2010, the hype was with Tipperary, while the hunger was with Kilkenny, and the Cats simply devoured all in front of them – without actually hitting top form. It’s maybe a bit unfair to […]


Dubs can raise Barr


FORMER Antrim and Dublin great Ciaran Barr is backing the Dubs to lift the MacCarthy Cup within the next two years. The 1988 All Star captained the Saffrons to the All Ireland final the following year and later lined out for Dublin after moving to the capital due to work commitments. He has first had […]


John Martin – Change is bad


AND SO it came to pass. At a Central Council meeting on Saturday afternoon, delegates from 32 counties plus an tUachtarán raised two fingers to Down, Carlow and Westmeath amongst others. We have become accustomed over the years to the format of the National Hurling League being revamped every few seasons but it’s not often […]


Donnelly to deal with hurling crisis


FORMER All Star Dessie Donnelly will lead an Antrim hurling ‘think-tank’ aimed at ending the embarrassing run of defeats at All-Ireland level suffered by Saffron sides at underage level. The Antrim county board have been jolted into action after another double-figure defeat to southern opposition at the weekend, when the Saffrons were dumped out of […]


Antrim u21s hampered


It hasn’t been a great year for Ulster underage hurling and now just Antrim and Donegal have any chance of salvaging some pride for the province. The All-Ireland under-21 championships are down to their last four with Antrim taking on Leinster champions Dublin at Newry (4pm), and Donegal facing Westmeath in the ‘B’ semi-final at […]


John Martin – Kilkenny and Tipp destined to clash


This column was published on August 4 AND then there were four. It hasn’t exactly been the most memorable championship so far and with three games left, people are already talking about another Tipp-Kilkenny classic final to ‘save’ the Championship. Limerick v Waterford has been the only game that has really set the pulses racing […]


Clarke out to prove he's biggest hitter


Graham Clarke defends his All-Ireland Poc Fada title this weekend in Louth and the Ballygalget and Down goalkeeper says that only the weather can stop him from beating his score of 51 which won last year’s title.


Treaty grateful for Saffron clash


LIMERICK’S short passing game, as introduced by Donal O’Grady, has served them well so far this season. Their opening Munster championship defeat to Waterford, perhaps now a blessing in disguise, was their first competitive loss this year, given that they didn’t enter the pre-season Waterford Crystal Tournament. They are now in the last six of […]


In Focus…Cathal Carville


Declan Bogue: Your involvement with Armagh teams goes right the way back to the underage development squads, tell us about that. Cathal Carvill: I was with the footballers at 14, and then a year later I had my first interaction with Paul Kelly and Tommy Stevenson with the u-15 hurlers. After the Ulster semi-final I […]