Watson on losing the 'choker' tag


In this extract from an interview with Liam Watson which appears in the current issue of Gaelic Life  (October 6) the Loughgiel Hurler explains why his club finally ended their six-year losing streak in the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship RS: You played in six finals in a row before you won your Championship title. How […]


All-Ireland title beyond Ulster – John Martin


LOUGHGIEL may have lost six finals in a row in the noughties but their retribution continued at Casement Park on Sunday when they lifted the Volunteer Cup after a storming finish against Cushendall. In Down, Ballycran left it similarly late to see off the challenge of Portaferry. This week the Derry final takes place between […]


Carryduff youth policy bears fruit


IT HAS already been a history-making year for Carryduff and on Sunday the East Down club make their first foray into provincial competition when they face Antrim champions Creggan Kickham’s in the Ulster junior championship quarter-final at Páirc Esler. Eight years ago there wasn’t a stick in the club, but in 2011, Carryduff Cú Chulainns […]


John Martin – What planet are Central Council on?


WHEN you’re not directly involved with the GAA’s decision-making processes, it’s sometimes difficult to surmise how some decisions are actually arrived at. Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is, in theory at least, an ultra-democratic organisation. This is not always a good thing, especially for those who need something done quickly. The club to county to Congress root […]


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 […]