The Shamrocks are in bloom

By Michael McMullan THREE years ago Áine Bell realised it was now or never for Ballinderry to roll out ladies football across the club. In her playing days, she togged out for nearby Artrea. More recently, players from the parish were playing for Ballymaguigan, Loup, Moortown and Ardboe. With three young daughters coming into the […]

Feature: Provincial past masters

GL placement student Oisín Duddy looks back on how Ulster teams have fared in the All-Ireland SFC club series… 2013:  Ballinderry Shamrocks THIS was Ballinderry’s first Ulster title since 2001 thanks to their win against Glenswilly (Donegal) on a scoreline of 1-13 to 2-6. They later played the London champions Kingdom Kerry Gaels in the All-Ireland […]

Cream of the crop – Ulster Club winners

The race for the Ulster Senior Football Club Championship is hotting up and Shaun Casey takes a look at the last ten winners.. Glen GLEN’S breakthrough has been phenomenal over the past few years, from claiming their first ever county title in Derry to being All-Ireland contenders in a short space of time. Malachy O’Rourke’s […]

McElwain to host new GAA historical documentary

 GAA presenter Gráinne McElwain will swap championship action for a step into history next week as host of a new Irish language documentary to be screened on RTÉ. The show, which will be broadcast on Thursday 10.15pm on RTÉ1,  explores how the GAA across Ireland helped to heal and bridge the bitter divisions created by […]

Build it and they will come – the story of the St Paul’s minor tournament

For four decades, the cream of minor club football spent the Christmas period jostling for top spot in the St Paul’s tournament. Michael McMullan takes a look at its beginning and lasting legacy. BRIAN Coyle always loved minor football. The entertainment on view always appealed to him. The open and free style pushed his buttons. […]

Conlan appointed as new Ballinderry manager

By Michael McMullan BALLINDERRY Shamrocks have appointed Killian Conlan as their new senior football manager ahead of the 2023 season. Conlan, who has yet to finalaise his management team, takes over from Kieran O’Kane who stepped down after a year in the post. The Shamrocks saw off Coleraine, thanks to a late Daniel McKinless winner, […]

Feature: Ulster Club Kingpins

WITH the Ulster Club Senior Football Championship heating up, Shaun Casey casts his eye over past glories… Crossmaglen: 11 IN 1996, led by Cross and Armagh legend Joe Kernan, the Rangers picked up their first of 11 Ulster titles. They secured their last provincial crown in 2015 with an extra-time win over Scotstown and three […]

Provincial plaudits

The counties who have fared best in the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship. Armagh clubs (15 titles) THE Orchard County is level with Derry in terms of Ulster Senior Club titles. One big reason for their success in the provincial arena is Crossmaglen, who have won a record-breaking 11 titles. But that’s not all – […]

Brian McGuckin looks at what makes up his perfect player

WE asked former Tyrone player Brian McGuckin what made up his perfect player… INTELLIGENCE Brian McGuigan (Tyrone) / Malachy McGlinchey (Edendork) I would find it hard to pick one of them. MOTIVATOR Ronan McGuckin (Ballinderry) My cousin Ronan could definitely get you up for a game. STRENGTH Niall McCusker (Ballinderry) / John Mallon (Edendork) Neither […]