Down v Armagh – a rivalry renewed


SUNDAY’S meeting of Down and Armagh will be the first time that Páirc Esler has hosted an Ulster Championship match between the neighbours since 1991. The game, the names, and the old ground itself have changed considerably from that day in the rain when Down won a forgettable quarter-final 1-7 to 0-8, but the rivalry […]


Vernon pays tribute to Armagh stalwart McKeever


ARMAGH’S Charlie Vernon has paid tribute to his long-standing team-mate Ciaran McKeever ahead of their eagerly awaited Ulster Championship quarter-final clash with Down this Sunday. Ciaran McKeever, who turns 34 later this month, admitted he seriously considered bringing the curtain down on his inter-county career last summer. He resisted the urge to call it a […]


Down and Armagh set for surprise calls


DOWN manager Eamonn Burns looks set to hand a sensational inter-county debut to defender Anthony Doherty while Armagh midfielder Ethan Rafferty may be drafted in as one of the squad’s two goalkeepers. Gaelic Life understands that the RGU Downpatrick man will start in the Down full-back line in Sunday’s Ulster quarter-final, and given his height […]


Kavanagh recalls invasive drugs testing experience


RORY Kavanagh has revealed the ‘intrusive’ experience of being required to produce a urine sample in the immediate aftermath of Donegal’s Division One final win over Mayo in 2007. Drug testing in the GAA hit the spotlight this week when it came to public attention that Kerry footballer Brendan O’Sullivan tested positive for the stimulant […]