McKernan: Down’s midfield maestro Murdock “a different level”

By Shaun Casey FORMER Down defender Kevin McKernan says his clubmate Odhran Murdock is “a different level of footballer” and isn’t surprised that the young midfielder is producing the goods in the red and black of Down. James McCartan handed Murdock his inter-county championship debut in the opening round of the 2022 Ulster Championship, and […]

“You couldn’t swing a cat in Loughinisland”

Burren and Down player Danny Magill runs his eye over the teams and players he has faced through the years Name: Danny Magill. Age: 22. Teams played for? St Mary’s, Burren, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Ulster University, Down minors, Down u-20s and Down seniors. Advertisement Who are your main rivals? Kilcoo. Which opposition ground do you like playing […]

“Gerard McGovern is an absolute warrior on the pitch and an even better man off it”

Down and Burren player Danny Magill takes the Gaelic Life Q&A… Name: Danny Magill. Age: 22. Teams played for? Advertisement St Mary’s, Burren, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Ulster University, Down minors, Down u-20s and Down seniors. Earliest GAA memory? Canon Esler primary school champions 2012. Which team-mate has been the most inspirational and why? Gerard McGovern […]

Lacey joy at Kilcoo victory

By Shaun Casey FORMER Donegal defender Karl Lacey managed Kilcoo to their 11th county title in 12 seasons last weekend, his first in the bainisteoir bib. The 2012 Footballer of the Year, took over from Conleith Gilligan and Richie Thornton, who stepped down after the Magpie’ surrendered their Ulster title to Glen last season, and oversaw Kilcoo’s nine-point […]

GAA set to conduct independent review into Down SFC saga

THE GAA at central level is set to conduct an independent investigation into the events relating to the appointment of a referee for last Sunday’s Down Senior Football Championship final between Kilcoo and Burren. Kilco objected to the initial appointment of Paul Faloon as referee, bringing the matter to the DRA last weekend. While the […]

Down express disappointment at Kilcoo referee objection

THE Down County Board have released an official statement addressing the controversy surrounding Kilcoo’s objection to the appointment of Paul Falloon as referee for yesterday’s Down Senior Championship final. The Magpies won that game with a very impressive victory over rivals Burren, but the match itself was arguably overshadowed by the events over the weekend, […]

Kilcoo continue Down Championship dominance

Kilcoo 2-12 Burren 0-9 Kilcoo collected the Frank O’Hare Cup for the eleventh time in twelve years as they claimed a convincing victory over Burren. A first half scoring spree along with second half goals from Miceal Rooney and Paul Devlin led Karl Lacey’s side to victory. Burren started brightly with points from Liam Kerr […]

Magpies have eyes on the prize

By Shaun Casey FOR the twelfth season in succession, the black and white streamers representing Kilcoo will hang from the handles of the Frank O’Hare Cup as the Magpies’ dominance of the Down club scene continues. From ten of those 11 previous county final days, Kilcoo have left Páirc Esler (Sunday, 2.15m) with the cup […]

County final day still special for McCorry

By Shaun Casey JIM McCorry knows a thing or two about county finals, especially in Down. Before joining Burren three years ago, McCorry had led Mayobridge and Kilcoo to the Frank O’Hare Cup a combined total of six times. Twice the former Armagh and Down manager completed the double (league and championship) with Mayobridge while […]

Down’s big two still on track

By Shaun Casey WHEN the semi-final draws were made the reaction from the majority of people in the Mourne County and further afield was the exact same. The big two were kept apart. That sets things up nicely for the dream final as Burren and Kilcoo seem destined to decide the destination of the Frank […]