PAUDIE KISSANE: Coaches must behave on the sideline


By Paudie Kissane CONSIDERING recent unsavoury incidents around the country , the topic of refereeing in Gaelic Games is very much in discussion and rightly so.  To think that you can enter the field and physically attack a referee is appalling. Now there have been many times that I would have been very unhappy with […]


Patrick Morrison: First line of attack


By Patrick Morrison STEVEN Pressfield’s 2004 novel, The Virtue of War, follows the life of Alexander the Great and his story is told through the eyes of a Hellenic-Persian scribe who was serving under him during his campaigns into India. In the novel there is a quote from Alexander himself which states: “Always attack. Even […]


PATRICK MORRISON: It’s championship season


IN American sports, they split their competitions into two parts with the first part being called the ‘regular season’ and the second part called the ‘post-season’, more affectionately known as the ‘Playoffs.’ Every team in each sport (Baseball, Basketball or Gridiron) will have realistic and attainable goals for their franchise. The better teams, as well […]


PAURIC GRIMES: Postponing a problem extends it


I HAVE a friend that lives in the big smoke. Now I don’t live in the city and haven’t done so in ten years so I can’t comment too much on what I’m about to tell you, but I hope when we dive into it that it’ll start to make sense. Whenever they’re going somewhere they’re unfamiliar […]


PATRICK MORRISON: Look for inspiration


I HAVE been writing these goalkeeping columns for over three years now and I regularly have emails, texts and social media messages from players, coaches, parents etc. in relation to goalkeeping. One of the most commonly asked questions I receive would be: “Where do I get my inspiration from?” The short answer for this is […]


PAURIC GRIMES: Climb that mountain with friends


I WAS listening to an article on the modern epidemic of male loneliness. Males, when young, have huge friendship circles. Then, as they get older, those circles get smaller and smaller until for many there is no one left in them at all. This happens for a number of reasons. There are big periods of […]


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 […]


PATRICK MORRISON: Back to basics


By Patrick Morrison DURING the past few seasons, we have really seen an increase in the number of goalkeepers that are confident in joining the outfield play. And there has been something of a phenomenon, especially from a goalkeeping point of view, there has been an explosion of press about the position. Some were excited […]


PAURIC GRIMES: Don’t forget to have the craic


THERE were a few common themes that cropped up throughout the conversations I was having with the men who took part in our Reignite Challenge at the weekend. One – “I’ve missed this. The craic between the lads.” Two – “I’ve missed this. The competition. The bit of needle to dig deep and push harder than […]