McEneaney expects Monaghan to “come out fighting”

By Shaun Casey FOLLOWING a ten-point drubbing at the hands of Kerry in the opening round of the All-Ireland series, former Monaghan player and manager Eamonn McEneaney expects the Farney County to “come out fighting” against Louth this weekend. McEneaney knows better than most how the build up to this one will go, having managed […]

Breffni breakthrough: A look back at Cavan’s u-21 dominance

It’s a decade since Cavan completed their four-in-a-row of Ulster u-21 titles. Jack Brady looks back on how it impacted the county’s fortunes. Michael McMullan writes… MICKEY Graham, Dermot McCabe, Peter, Larry and Jason Reilly came within a late rally of the 1996 All-Ireland u-21 title. Graham’s goal levelled matters in Tom Semple’s field before […]

JOE BROLLY: The story of David and Adam

DAVID Clifford. Scored 12 points in the Kerry intermediate final last weekend then missed the vital one at the end to force penalties. It’s all very well scoring the unimportant ones. What a loser. Used to be you could drive two miles to see a game of football. Nowadays, you have to drive 300 (to […]

A decade of the best

With the 2023 PwC GAA/GPA All-Stars taking place at the RDS on Friday evening, Niall McCoy looks at the last 10 Footballers of the Year 2022: David Clifford (Kerry) KERRY’S long wait, well long by their standards, for Sam was ended thanks mostly to the individual brilliance of the Fossa genius. Finalists Galway had two […]

Ulster players make up over a third of All-Star nominations

By Michael McMullan ULSTER champions Derry have seven players nominated for football All-Stars including player of the year nominee Brendan Rogers. In all, 13 counties are represented in the list of 45 nominees with Dublin leading the pack with 10 of their All-Ireland winning team nominated. It was a summer that saw Derry push reigning […]

JOE BROLLY: Time for change

DAVID Clifford is almost single-handedly keeping the game watchable. At the weekend, he did it again. In the intermediate championship semi-final against Austin Stacks, Fossa were a point behind with 30 seconds of injury time left in extra time. It was at this moment Clifford went looking for the ball. Like all the greats, what […]

Shining lights of 2023

Teams of the Year are always up for debate with those that are close to selection. Michael McMullan makes his stab at it. 1 – Shane Ryan (Kerry) BEATEN by a deflected goal in the final, but had another solid season between the posts. Advertisement Make the game-winning save against Derry in the semi-final and […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: The stars of ‘23

NOW that the dust has settled and before we head into the club championship season, I took time out to reflect and here is my football team of the year. 1 Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) The single most important reason Dublin managed to win the All-Ireland. His calmness and kick-outs are a joy to watch. Nothing […]

STEVEN POACHER: One for the road?

THERE we have it, the end of the inter-county season and the Dubs are the 2023 All-Ireland champions for the 31st time. Not many would have envisaged this coming after a National League defeat in Celtic Park back at the start of March, 1-11 to 0-13, in a Division Two clash. When Dublin got relegated […]