Charity begins in Glenarm

SHANE O’NEILL’S GAC of Glenarm destroyed the cliche of the GAA being the ‘grab all’ association when they recently raised £2,600 for the Mark McGovern support fund. Gate receipts and donations from a charity hurling match played last week were sent to Mark McGovern’s club Belcoo, who are raising money to pay for the former […]

Antrim panel 'a work in progress'

ANTRIM coach Terence McNaughton has said that the door remains open for any hurler willing to commit to Antrim’s bid for hurling glory. Twenty nine players will meet this weekend at Jordanstown for their first training session of the new season, though McNaughton, who is a selector on Antrim manager Jerry Wallis’ backroom panel, said: […]

Quotes of the year

In this week’s Gaelic Life, we’ve cherry-picked some of the best quotes from this year’s In-Focus interviews. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer: I used to say things to the referee to get me going, that is just the way I am. I would have to have a row with the referee or the […]

Fitzgerald spreads new hurling gospel

THE Munster under-21 Championship wasn’t the only hurling title that came to Limerick in 2011. Last month the Treaty’s wheelchair hurling team lifted the first ever All-Ireland wheelchair title with victory over Dublin, and coach David Fitzgerald hopes that the Championship will now become an integral part of the GAA calendar. Fitzgerald was also organiser […]

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 […]