Blue eyed boy – Naomh Conaill’s Oisín Bonner


By Michael McMullan MONDAY, September 24, 2012 was the start of two journeys in Crumlin’s Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. As All-Ireland Sunday stepped into a new week, Donegal’s heroes were taking Sam back to the hills. For seven-week old Oisín Bonner, his journey was different. He needed a helping hand early in life. […]


GERARD O’KANE: The spider’s web


THE managerial merry-go-round is in full swing at the moment at county level. County board delegates are meeting in smoke-filled back rooms, curtains closed, under cover of darkness and a special knock to get in. The veil of secrecy thrown over some of these processes is akin to waiting on white smoke coming from the […]


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, […]


Devenney’s highlights from the Hills


IN the latest of the Our Games feature, we looked at the career of former Donegal attacking star Brendan Devenney. Teams played for (in order): Cuchullians (Derry City), Naomh Baithan (Donegal), St Eunan’s, Naomh Colmcille (Donegal), Sons of Erin (Northhampton), St Eunan’s, Donegal New York, Donegal, Ulster and Ireland. Current involvement: Media pundit and analyst. Which […]


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 […]


PAURIC GRIMES: Get fit for what lands at your feet


THE hangovers might just be starting to subside for O’Connor’s soldiers or Joyce’s warriors. It will have been all worth it. The gruelling training schedule. The discipline to say no when you’d rather say yes. The discipline to say yes when it would be easier to say no. It can all be justified with that […]


PAURIC GRIMES: Give yourself the best chance you can to achieve


THERE was a lot of unpack from this weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-finals. From the efficient Dubs disposing of Cork to the one-legged Clifford guiding Kerry past Mayo. Then there was the match of the year contender between Armagh and Galway, never mind the controversy. You could spend hours picking the bones of that one. But here, […]


New faces eager to impress for Tyrone


JANUARY blues? Not for Tyrone – they’re the reigning All-Ireland champions and at the time of writing are enjoying themselves in Orlando, Florida. That’s why Tyrone are the last team to take to the field in this year’s McKenna Cup, where they’ll play Cavan at Kingspan Breffni on Tuesday before taking on Armagh on Saturday […]