McCusker 'concerned' about Derry


FORMER All-Ireland-winning defender Fergal McCusker this week expressed his concern about Derry’s future in Division two. The two game losing streak looks to stretch to three this weekend as they are up against Eamonn McEneaney’s Monaghan, who won their last game against Kildare. The main area that concerns the Glen man, is the central battleground. […]


McDonnell still unsure of his return


THIS time last year he was in the thick of it, memorably getting properly stuck in with Dessie Mone in the early stages of the league, but right now, Stevie McDonnell is taking it easy and watching Armagh from afar. After gaining his qualifications in physical fitness, recent weeks have seen the decorated attacker leading […]


Here comes the cavalry


THE cavalry is back, and not a second too soon. With two losses on the bounce, coming off the back of a less than buoyant Dr McKenna Cup campaign, Donegal need a win. When Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden show their faces in the dressing room on match day, they know they are in a […]


Down v Kerry – The history boys


OH YEAH baby, Down and Kerry. 1960 and all that. 1968 and all that. 1991 and the last stand of Pat Spillane’s dodgy knee. 2010 and Mark Poland’s early goal, the ‘phantom goal’ from Killian and the throw-ball from Donnacha Walsh. James McCartan senior reminding James McCartan junior to, “Mind that old record,” before they […]


Graham – Croke Park must make a decision on Seanie


FORMER Cavan forward Mickey Graham has urged Croke Park to make a final decision on Sean Johnston’s transfer as he believes the debacle is negatively affecting all parties involved. Graham is the new manager of Cavan Gaels and has already presided over two league victories without the county star, however his concern is for the […]


AFL turns Derry star's head


DERRY football could be dealt a hammer blow with two of the county’s most promising young stars weighing up their prospects as professional sportsmen in the AFL. It emerged this week that Glen Maghera attacker Emmet Bradley has been invited to attend a further AFL camp in Guildford, London in the coming weeks, raising fears […]


Brolly explains GAA passion to the unbelievers


IN A column on the back of the Irish Times on monday, Brian O’Connor, a horse racing journalist, wrote a piece about Gaelic football and hurling people under the heading Elite GAA Players Giving Everything For Nothing. He asked why Lar Corbett would want to, “Flog his guts out around a field in Thurles for […]


Hughes delighted by Kildare win


Monaghan, and their full-forward Kieran Hughes, bounced back from that Meath defeat by taking the scalp of Kildare in round two. It was a result which few outside the Farney county would have predicted, but Hughes insists that it’s just another sign that Monaghan are moving in the right direction. “We knew the week after […]


Hughes reveals his injury pain


No two ways about it. 2011 was a torrid year in the footballing life of Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes. One of the province’s brightest young talents had things on hold as he attempted to overcome a chronic knee problem. Now, he’s back and doing battle for club, college, county and province as he attempts to kick-start […]


Jarlath – Last stop for the Railway Cup


I HAD a three year stint on the Railway Cup and have two medals (I think). It is such an archaic competition that despite the fact that Martin Donnelly has been sponsoring it for about ten years, it still holds doggedly onto the name of its original supporter, CIE, or the railway companies as they […]