Down boss delighted with Richie McElligott Cup success

By Michael McMullan IT was a weekend to remember at Croke Park for Down hurling with their u-20s winning a second All-Ireland B title in three seasons. For manager Connor O’Prey, it was a satisfying way to finish the season and lays another layer of concrete on the county’s foundations. “You only get to enjoy […]

Down hurlers are ready for trip to the Kingdom

By Niall Gartland DOWN hurling boss Ronan Sheehan (pictured) hopes that his side can take a massive step towards Joe McDonagh Cup survival – and possibly more – when they venture to the deep south for their round two match against Kerry this Sunday. Sheehan’s side got their campaign off to a winning start with victory over […]

Taggart taking it all in his stride

By Shaun Casey STANDING in at corner-back as a young and fresh 19-year-old, Portaferry’s Caolan Taggart thought every year was going to be like this. Win the county title, pick up a provincial crown, and give the All-Ireland series a crack. Unfortunately, sports rarely follow such easy plans. That was back in 2014 when Taggart […]

Familiar foes set for blockbuster Down SHC final

By Niall Gartland BALLYCRAN and Portaferry is the final many in Down hurling circles expected, it’s becoming somewhat of a norm at this stage. When they clash in Newry on Sunday it will be the sixth time in-a-row that they have battled it out for the Jeremiah McVeagh Cup with the ‘Cran holding a 3-2 […]

Down aiming to build confidence

By Kieran Lynch DOWN haven’t enjoyed the easiest of seasons to this point, and whilst Sunday’s upcoming clash against Carlow won’t impact their Joe McDonagh Cup status, it’s a chance to build confidence and momentum ahead of a relegation decider in round five. The Mourne County have yet to win a competitive fixture in 2023, […]

Performance the priority for Down against Offaly

By Niall Gartland DOWN boss Ronan Sheehan says they’ve adopted a stoic approach to their league opener against Offaly in Sunday’s Division 2A opener. The Leinster side are new to the second-tier following last year’s relegation, but Sheehan is more conscious about the departure of some Down stalwarts, some temporary and some permanent, and what […]

Pre-season hurling action continues

By Shaun Casey THE pre-season hurling competitions continue this weekend for Down and Antrim, who are involved in the Walsh and Kehoe Cups respectively. Both counties also entered Ulster’s preseason tournament, the McGurk Cup, so plenty of players earned lots of game time. Last year’s Joe McDonagh Cup winners Antrim take on Galway on Saturday, […]

A season of ups and downs for the Down hurlers

By Shaun Casey THE 2022 season was a roller-coaster ride for Down hurling and was quite literally a year of highs and lows. The Mourne men topped the Division Two league table but produced their worst performance of the year in the league final against Westmeath. A huge win over Kerry followed in the McDonagh […]