Johnny McIntosh: The traditional route

WHILE Antrim have had some great moments in recent years, the reality is they’re still about tenth in the county on an All-Ireland scale. If you were doing a ranking, we’d have been sixth or seventh in the country at our very peak in the late eighties, but generally we’ve been somewhere been nine and […]

It’s all or nothing for Antrim

By Shaun Casey FROM the outset, it was fairly obvious that Antrim and Westmeath’s fates were going to come down to the final day where the two sides meet head on, with the winner retaining their place in the Leinster Championship and the All-Ireland series. Westmeath fired a spanner into the works last weekend however […]

Kilkenny set for Corrigan

By Kieran Lynch ANTRIM are heavy underdogs this weekend, but their two results so far in the Leinster Championship will give them heart that they can put it up to last year’s All-Ireland runners-up Kilkenny. Indeed, the Ulster side were far from disgraced when the two sides battled in the league back in February, in […]

Confidence high in Antrim after Dublin draw

By Shaun Casey ANTRIM will take huge confidence from their Leinster opener as the travelling Dubs needed a last-gasp score from Cian O’Sullivan to pick up a share of the spoils. Both sides will have mixed emotions about this game. On one hand, both will feel they could have captured the two points on offer […]

Loughgiel honour the heroes of ’83

MONDAY marks 40 years since Loughgiel won their first All-Ireland hurling title in 1983. The Shamrocks needed a replay to see off Offaly side St Rynagh’s to make history as the first and only club in Ulster to have win the biggest prize in club hurling. The men of ’83 were honoured in front of […]

Hurling round-up: Down hurlers face table-toppers Offaly

By Shaun Casey DOWN have had a difficult start to the championship season, losing to Kerry in round one of the Joe McDonagh Cup before suffering a 7-24 to 0-14 defeat to Laois last weekend. Things can only get better for Ronan Sheehan’s men when they travel to Offaly this weekend, but it won’t be […]

McCann: Antrim players ‘buzzing’ for historic match

By Kieran Lynch ANTRIM are back at the top table of hurling, having won the Joe McDonagh Cup last year, and Conor McCann says that the Saffrons have an extra spring in their step ahead of what will be an historic occasion when they take on Dublin this weekend. “Once you get into championship week, […]

Top flight hurling is a must insists Saffron star

ANTRIM hurlers must continue to have Division One as their “playground” for the county’s development in the game insists Neil McManus. Speaking after the Saffron’s secured their top flight status with Sunday’s win over Laois, the Cushendall man feels they have gained much from the league with newcomers getting experience against the top teams. “It […]