Michael Kennedy: The Red Hand and the Blue Wave

By Niall Gartland THE Sperrin Mountains – a remote sort of place even by the standards of rural Ireland. It’s also where Michael Kennedy spent his childhood and early adult years before picking up sticks and moving to Dublin. The Glenelly and Tyrone native probably didn’t envision at that stage that he would play his […]

JACK MADDEN: The journey goes on

By Jack Madden PROCRASTINATION. July 14th, County Monaghan. “Friday night, I’m going nowhere. All the lights are changing, green to red. Turning over TV stations Advertisement Situations running through my head.” Anticipation. July 15th, County Dublin. “Saturday, I’m running wild And all the lights are changing, red to green. Moving through the crowds I’m pushing […]

Shock and pride at championship exit: Meenagh

By Michael McMullan SHOCK was the dominant emotion as Derry manager Ciarán Meenagh began to process Sunday’s All-Ireland exit but he also felt the squad did the county proud. Before leaving a “highly disappointed” Derry dressing room, Meenagh offered the same word to the squad he’d preached “over and over” in the 10 weeks since […]

Freeman points to the importance of a Farney conveyor belt

By Michael McMullan FORMER Monaghan star Tommy Freeman hopes the Farney County’s underage conveyor belt can keep topping up a senior squad that were on the cusp of next Sunday’s All-Ireland senior final. In an interview for this week’s Gaelic Life, Freeman expressed his pride in the county and stresses how the players would have […]

Derry devastation as Kerry pull clear in closing stages

All-Ireland SFC semi-final Kerry 1-17 Derry 1-15 By Michael McMullan DERRY’S hopes of a second All-Ireland title ewere dashed at the semi-final stage for the second year in a row after Sunday’s defeat to reigning champions Kerry at Croke Park. Advertisement The Oakleafers led 1-14 to 1-12 as the game headed for the final turn […]

No minor matter: Derry and Kerry’s underage story

Sunday is a first meeting of Kerry and Derry at senior level since 2015. Since that, both counties laid strong foundations at underage level. Michael McMullan takes a look… “The transition talk…I think Joe Brolly…Joe Brolly told us the production line was finished in Kerry. Well, Joe Brolly….what d’ya think about that?” – Kieran Donaghy […]

This weekend’s action on the box

THERE was another weekend at the peak of the championship. Here is where you can tune into SATURDAY TG4: 1.30pm -GAA Beo Live coverage of the Ladies All-Ireland clash between Galway and Mayo. RTE2: 3pm – The Saturday Game Live Live coverage of the Tailteann Cup final between Down and Meath at Croke Park. Advertisement […]

GAA issue notice to fans ahead of weekend game in Croke Park

AHEAD of a busy weekend of football matches and large crowds attending at Croke Park on Saturday and Sunday, the Association wishes to advise supporters traveling to the matches to be conscious of the following information: Arrive early, stiles are open at 1.30pm on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday. Have your ticket downloaded in advance. […]

Derry name side to take on the champions

By Michael McMullan CIARÁN Meenagh has named unchanged Derry team for Sunday’s Croke Park (4pm) semi-final date with All-Ireland champions Kerrry. Niall Toner has been retained with Benny Heron again held in reserve on a day when Chrissy McKaigue will make his 130th senior appearance for Derry. It’s a first game between the sides since […]

Champions name side for Derry clash

By Michael McMullan ALL-IRELAND champions Kerry have named their team for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Derry in Croke Park (4pm). It’s the first meeting of the team since Paul Geaney’s 1-5 topped Derry at Celtic Park in 2015, the Oakleafers’ last season in Division One. Killian Spillane is back in training but hasn’t been […]