John Martin column – tribute to Eddie Brennan

EDDIE Brennan used to hide his hurl on the way in the school gate because he didn’t want the other lads to think he had hurling on his mind every waking minute. At St Kieran’s, Brennan wasn’t the golden boy of his age group, he only made the college’s senior team in his final year, […]

Devenney – Players are getting a rough deal

IT’S ONLY January, and already there are some strange moves being made by inter-county managers. I was willing to leave it for a little while, but something about the way Eoin Kelly was cut from the Waterford hurling panel by new manager Michael Ryan is disturbing. Here we have an amateur GAA player being thrown […]

Bad news from Tain league

dove·tail [duhv-teyl]; verb; to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously. THE NICE people at provide the above definition, amongst others, for the word dovetail. Those who follow the perpetually evolving format of the National Hurling League may remember the term from the proposal approved by the GAA’s management committee last August to restructure […]

Rogan predicts 'healthy' year for Derry hurlers

GER Rogan says that there will be no repeat of the incidents which marred Derry’s hurling season last year, when some players did turn out for the county team – allegedly at the behest of their clubs. Instead, the former Antrim dual star believes that Derry are in a ‘healthy position’ and have the potential […]

John Martin – hurling review of 2011

GOING by my predictions at the start of 2011, I’m a really poor pundit, or a really good scud. Probably my standout prediction from this time last year was that Dublin would be relegated from Division 1 of the National League. Not only did they not get relegated, they lost just one match and beat […]

Charity begins in Glenarm

SHANE O’NEILL’S GAC of Glenarm destroyed the cliche of the GAA being the ‘grab all’ association when they recently raised £2,600 for the Mark McGovern support fund. Gate receipts and donations from a charity hurling match played last week were sent to Mark McGovern’s club Belcoo, who are raising money to pay for the former […]

Antrim panel 'a work in progress'

ANTRIM coach Terence McNaughton has said that the door remains open for any hurler willing to commit to Antrim’s bid for hurling glory. Twenty nine players will meet this weekend at Jordanstown for their first training session of the new season, though McNaughton, who is a selector on Antrim manager Jerry Wallis’ backroom panel, said: […]

Quotes of the year

In this week’s Gaelic Life, we’ve cherry-picked some of the best quotes from this year’s In-Focus interviews. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer: I used to say things to the referee to get me going, that is just the way I am. I would have to have a row with the referee or the […]

Fitzgerald spreads new hurling gospel

THE Munster under-21 Championship wasn’t the only hurling title that came to Limerick in 2011. Last month the Treaty’s wheelchair hurling team lifted the first ever All-Ireland wheelchair title with victory over Dublin, and coach David Fitzgerald hopes that the Championship will now become an integral part of the GAA calendar. Fitzgerald was also organiser […]

Hurling review makes interesting reading – John Martin

THE GALWAY Hurling Review Group (GHRG) report unveiled last week contains plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in hurling, which is a feat in itself considering it was largely written for the betterment of hurling within the county. The GHRG had plenty of big-hitting Tribesmen to carry its message. It was chaired by […]