IN FOCUS: Mickey McVeigh – keeper of the flame

THIRTY-FIVE minutes into the 2003 Ulster final, things were looking ominous for Down. The Mourne men trailed Tyrone 0-8 to 0-6 and hadn’t led throughout the entire first half. While they weren’t being completely outplayed, they faced an uphill battle. That all changed just before half time when Benny Coulter raced along the endline, flattening […]

Errigal Ciaran’s comeback kings

It has been 20 years since Errigal Ciaran were Kings of Ulster and former defender Barry O’Donnell looks back on their journey…. By Michael McMullan ERRIGAL Ciaran had weathered the early storm. After trailing by three points before raising a flag themselves, the champions were back to within a point at the break and would […]

IN FOCUS: Former Monaghan star Tommy Freeman opens up on his career

By Shaun Casey   IN a bygone era of baggy jerseys and man-to-man battles, Ulster football was truly spoilt with attacking talent. Steven McDonnell, Brendan Devenney, Paddy Bradley, Stephen O’Neill, Benny Coulter, the list is endless. And of course, Peter Canavan. Tommy Freeman was Monaghan’s go-to sharpshooter during that time and more often than not the […]

Finding their own way

Darragh and Ruairi Canavan have helped shoot Errigal Ciaran into Sunday’s showdown with Carrickmore. Michael McMullan spoke to former coaches of the two brothers about their development… PAUL Devlin instantly addressed the bloodlines of both Darragh and Ruairi Canavan when they arrived on the Tyrone underage conveyor belt. Sons of former All-Ireland winning captain Peter […]

‘Stephen O’Neill’s 2005 Ulster final performance was a special one’

WHEN Tyrone lit up the noughties, they had Brian McGuigan pulling the strings as their playmaker from centre forward. He looks back on some of the moments from a glittering career for club and county. Teams played for: St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon, Ardboe, Tyrone, Ulster and Ireland. Current involvement: Manager of Ardboe u-13s Which club game, […]

No substitute for a squad’s depth

A good squad is pivotal to success these days and we take a look at the best ‘super subs’ of the modern era. Shaun Casey writes… JIM Gavin developed the mantra that the team that finishes is more important than the team that starts. You have players to get you in the game and keep […]

All-Stars feature: Legends of the game

NIALL Gartland takes a look back at the some of the most decorated players to play the game, PAT SPILLANE (NINE ALL-STARS) PAT Spillane was an outstanding player in his day and is the only gaelic footballer to have won nine All-Stars. He made his debut during the 19734 league campaign, and over the course […]

Errigal have ‘clear intention’ of working towards change of underage grades

ERRIGAL Ciaran have a ‘clear intention’ of working towards change in the GAA’s underage grades despite their motion being defeated at last weekend’s Congress in Mayo. The motion, also endorsed in media circles by Vice Chairman Peter Canavan and current Antrim manager Enda McGinley, called for a change of wording in the GAA Official Guide […]