Down camogie boss optimistic ahead of provincial campaign

By Niall Gartland REIGNING Ulster champions Down have managed to keep the show on the road this season in spite of the loss of key personnel, so their manager Paul Donnelly is pleased with their progress heading into Sunday’s provincial semi-final clash against Derry. The Mourne County secured their top flight status on the final […]

Mourne County in “redevelopment phase” says skipper Magee

By Shaun Casey DOWN have suffered back-to-back league defeats to Antrim and Limerick but their captain Dearbhla Magee insists they are willing to keep fighting in the hope of retaining their place in Division 1B. Antrim overcame the Mourne ladies in the opening round while Paul Donnelly’s side endured a 3-19 to 0-6 thumping at […]

Down enter last chance saloon

By Michael McMullan ULSTER champions Down enter the last chance saloon this weekend as they face a play-off to stay in the All-Ireland senior grade for 2024. Down travel to Abbottstown (Saturday) 12noon to take on Offaly with the loser dropping down to the intermediate ranks for next season. The Ulster side finished bottom a […]

Down defeat sharpened Antrim focus says Dobbin

LOSING the Ulster final to Down was the “wake-up call” Antrim needed to sharpen the focus for a tilt at the All-Ireland series says attacking ace Caitrín Dobbin. The Saffrons were five-point winners (1-15 to 0-14) over Limerick on Saturday’s All-Ireland opener after going eight points ahead but needed to hang tough in the third […]

Niamh Mallon: A sporting life

Down camogie star Niamh Mallon explains her involvement in a pioneering App that is benefitting female athletes at every level. Niall Gartland writes… A WEEK ago Niamh Mallon delivered an attacking masterclass in the Ulster Senior Championship final, scoring 10 points in Down’s provincial final triumph against Antrim, and she’s no slouch off the pitch […]

McGourty: Down hoping to build on latest Ulster success

By Michael McMullan CATHERINE McGourty picked up her fourth Ulster medal on Saturday and already has an eye on the All-Ireland campaign, which begins with the visit of Clare next month. McGourty won her first medal at centre forward on their 2005 winning team, hitting two points on a day Karen Gribbin bagged two goals […]

Repeat of Ulster final test for Down camogs

By Kieran Lynch DOWN are looking to build upon a strong 2022 showing this season, and they begin their new campaign with an away trip to Antrim to kickstart the league. Last season, Paul Donnelly’s team achieved their aim of staying in both the Division One league, and in Senior Championship, and he believes that […]

CATHERINE MCGOURTY: Deciding when the time is right to go

By Catherine McGourty AS a player you have probably heard many people say to you, “play for as long as you can” or “ you are a long time retired” or “ you will miss it when you finish”. For me all of these points are very valid, but I am now at the stage […]

Down dual issue as Ulster sides chase final spots

By Niall McCoy DOWN’S dual players Aoife Keown and Caitriona Caldwell have been left in a tricky position ahead of Sunday’s Ladies National Football League semi-final against Wexford (Parnell Park, 3pm). That’s because 75 minutes earlier, the Mourne County camogs will be throwing in against Dublin at Croke Park. It’s not an ideal situation for […]