Sambo McNaughton's early years

Extract from interview with Sambo McNaughton: It started with bean cans and two ends of broken hurls. “We used to cut a bean tin, and knock it flat with a hammer. Then wrap the tin around the broken bits, putting the nails right through to the other side to flatten them down so it was […]

Sambo McNaughton interview

ONCE you see it, you just know that this is the house of Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton. The instructions were clear; go into the village, drive past the hurling field, turn right and you will see it. Two tin models are strapped to the rails in front, one in Antrim saffron, the other in Ruairi Og […]

Family matters

WHEN they board the bus on Friday to head down for an overnight stay in the Regency Hotel, PJ O’Mullan senior and junior probably will not think too much about sentiment. Two Shamrocks men, father and son, still on the road together trying to recreate that famous day in 1983. We won’t go into that […]

Go Games are the future

THE LIMERICK Bord na nÓg AGM was held last week, and while there was plenty to celebrate in the county throughout 2011 – an u-21 All-Ireland, Effin, Na Piarsaigh – the Chairman became quite vocal about the lack of competitive games at u-12 level. About three years ago, a directive from Croke Park decreed that […]

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 […]