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 […]


Lennon ready for a challenge


NEW Monaghan boss Mattie Lennon knows he’s in for a challenge. He took a few weeks to decide whether or not he would step into the Farney hot-seat before committing to the task of raising the standard of hurling in the county. One of the things he needed assurance on was that the Monaghan county […]


A change in hurling is coming


QUIETLY a change has come across the spectating landscape in Ulster. Go to a club game, big or small, and you’ll see boys and girls pucking a sliothar for a bit of diversion while the action unfolds on the pitch. On the streets of provincial towns it isn’t uncommon to see young people toting a […]


Na Piarsaigh are favourites – John Martin


THE last chance for Loughgiel for view their All-Ireland semi-final opponents in action was supposed to be last Sunday but, for the first time since Dinny Cahill’s Kilruane MacDonaghs drew with Blackrock back in 1985, the Munster club Championship final ended in a draw. I said last week that I thought the bookies had this […]


Loughgiel look out for Munster – John Martin


ALL Loughgiel eyes will be on Semple Stadium on Sunday for the Munster final which will provide the last chance for PJ O’Mullan to view their All-Ireland semi-final opponents in competitive action. The Munster decider is a novel pairing with a new name guaranteed to be inscribed on the trophy this year. Na Piarsaigh of […]


John Martin column


NOW THAT the managerial merry-go-round appears to have stuttered to a halt for the 2012 season, the make-up of the MacCarthy Cup managers is complete. Only seven of the 13 counties have ‘gone native’ with Cork supplying four managers, Clare supplying three and Galway and Waterford supplying two each. Kilkenny, not surprisingly, and Wexford make […]


Wallis plots his own course – John Martin


NOW THAT the managerial merry-go-round appears to have stuttered to a halt for the 2012 season, the make-up of the MacCarthy Cup managers is complete. Only seven of the 13 counties have ‘gone native’ with Cork supplying four managers, Clare supplying three and Galway and Waterford supplying two each. Kilkenny, not surprisingly, and Wexford make […]


Dinny's vengeance – John Martin Column


THE MANAGERIAL jigsaw is almost complete for the 2012 season. There’s hardly been a year when the close season has seen so much activity. Only five of the 14 MacCarthy Cup managers have remained in situ for next season – Kilkenny, Tipperary, Dublin, Carlow and Westmeath. Everyone else has opted for change, perhaps the most […]


John Martin – Dinny's ulterior motive?


THE MANAGERIAL jigsaw is almost complete for the 2012 season. There’s hardly been a year when the close season has seen so much activity. Only five of the 14 MacCarthy Cup managers have remained in situ for next season – Kilkenny, Tipperary, Dublin, Carlow and Westmeath. Everyone else has opted for change, perhaps the most […]