OISIN DUDDY: A journey to the Hogan Stand steps

Gaelic Life placement student Oisin Duddy has fond memories of winning an All-Ireland U-20 hurling title at Croke Park WHEN my club Na Magha lost to Setanta in the Ulster Junior Championship semi-final I thought my season was over, but in a way I was glad because we had a tough season and needed the break. Then that […]

Shamrock Blossom: Loughgiel’s 1983 story

Forty years ago, Loughgiel won their historic first All-Ireland hurling title. At the heart of their team was PJ O’Mullan snr at full-back and captain Niall Patterson between the posts. Michael McMullan went to meet them. Here is the story… LOUGHGIEL is buzzing. The tea, scones and hurling chat are all in full flow. Carl […]

Derry glad to get out of Croke Park with a draw

Glen Dimplex All-Ireland intermediate camogie fina Derry 1-9 Meath 2-6  By Daragh Ó Conchúir, at Croke Park DERRY and Meath must do it all again after Sunday’s showdown ended level at Croke Park Advertisement Meath goal scorer, Ciara Foley tried to make sense of the mix of emotions that came with drawing the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland […]

Lynch hails vita Swail goal as Down book Croke Park spot

By John Fallon A GOAL from Orla Swail saw Down edge out Carlow (1-9 to 0-8) an book their All-Ireland junior final spot against Limeick. Limerick defeated Fermanagh by 0-10 to 1-6, while Down secured their place in the final thanks to Swail’s late goal. Down led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break and […]

Down are on their way to Croker

TG4 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Down 1-9  Carlow 0-8 By Daire Walsh A LATE goal from Orla Swail proved pivotal at Parnell Park on Sunday as Down saw off a spirited challenge from Carlow to book their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship decider. Having suffered relegation from the intermediate grade last year, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Building on a great tradition

By Shaun Casey IT’S a wet and dreary Tuesday evening, but even the drizzling rain can’t dampen the soaring spirits around Páirc Esler. Ahead of the Tailteann Cup final showdown with Meath and a return to the theatre of dreams that is Croke Park, Down are holding an opening training session where fans of all […]

Same again from Monaghan says Finlay

By Shaun Casey CAN Monaghan upset the odds this weekend and overturn the bookies favourites for the Sam Maguire trophy? You’d have to be a very brave man to place your money on Vinny Corey’s side, an outfit that have welcomed the underdogs’ tag all season long. From clinging onto their Division One spot with […]