JOE BROLLY: A game called Gaelic Football


CLUB championship season is upon us, and it is hard to feel excited. We go because we support our team. We go because we have always gone. It is a triumph of optimism over reality. The sweepers will kill the game. The teams will hold possession endlessly. They will work the ball forward and back and […]


PAUDIE KISSANE: Coaching or telling?


THERE are many more important things in life than our great Gaelic games but because of the time and commitment required to succeed at the highest levels, it still plays a huge role in people’s lives. Consequently, along with the great joy the journey and ultimately the winning brings us, the losing can bring great […]


JOE BROLLY: LAUGHING LARRY AND NO LAUGHING MATTER


I AM still recovering from the sing song at Knockmore GAA club. Michael English on the piano makes everyone sound good, even the glamorous brunette, who is the only woman I know who can see in three keys simultaneously. If the club was bouncing to ‘Courtin in the Kitchen’ it went to a whole new […]


STEVEN POACHER: A new era of Gaelic Football


A FEW weeks back, John Harrington of GAA.ie interviewed me for a piece in the All-Ireland semi-final programme. It centered around how Gaelic Football has evolved over the last five years and how the sport is gathering pace both on and off the playing field. There’s S & C, nutrition, GPS, video analysis, performance coaches, transition play, […]


Ranked: Kerry and the chasing pack


With the Sam Maguire and Tailteann Cup headed to Kerry and Westmeath for the winter, Niall Gartland ranks the counties from top to bottom. 1 Kerry To the victors the spoils. Kerry have been burned by some chastening experiences in recent years, but a new management team spearheaded by Jack O’Connor led the Kingdom back […]


Sleacht Néill laying new foundations


By Michael McMullan IT’S all about building for the future insisted Sleacht Néill u-19 captain Jack Cassidy after his side’s championship success on Monday night. Their measured performance saw the Emmet’s overcome Desertmartin to complete a football and hurling double this season. Played on their home pitch for a the new Jack Cassidy Cup, it […]


“Despite his age Barry still gives his all on the pitch”


THIS week we look into Ronan McCaffrey’s team mates…. Name: Ronan McCaffrey. Age: 19. Teams played for: Fermanagh u-17s, u-20s and seniors, Teemore Shamrocks, Derrylin O’Connells, St Michael’s College, Enniskillen and Ulster University. Advertisement Which team mate has been the most inspirational and why? Barry Owens from Teemore Shamrocks. I was lucky enough to play […]


Armagh edged out in penalty shootout drama


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final Armagh 3-18 Galway 2-21 AET Galway win 4-1 on penalties By Michael McMullan Advertisement ARMAGH’S All-Ireland hopes were left in tatters after Sunday’s penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Galway in Croke Park. Over 100 minutes of action couldn’t separate the teams, but when Stefan Campbell and Conor Turbitt […]