Duffy hoping to cap off a magical year

By Daire Walsh IT has been an overwhelmingly positive year for her thus far and with an Ulster Senior Club Championship decider on the agenda tomorrow in Healy Park, Omagh, Laoise Duffy will be looking to add another memorable chapter to her 2023 story. A TG4 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship winner with Down back in […]

STEVEN POACHER: The best time of year to learn

COACH Education is a subject very close to my heart, it’s a huge passion of mine, as a coach I never want to stop learning, in fact I have a small black note book I carry everywhere with me, quite a bit of my week seems to be spent in a car, so therefore the […]

“It was hard to lose after three rounds of penalties”

Name: Rory Mason. Age: 29. Teams played for: Loughinisland and Down. Advertisement Who are your main rivals? Downpatrick. Which opposition ground do you like playing on and why? Love playing in Mayobridge and Castlewellan. Which opposition ground do you dislike going to and why? Carryduff, it’s huge. What team have you enjoyed the most success […]

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 […]

“Dan Gordon gives everything every night and keeps getting better”

LOUGHINISLAND and Down player Rory Mason answers our questions on his teammmates… Name: Rory Mason. Age: 29. Teams played for: Loughinisland and Down. Advertisement Earliest GAA memory? Heading to training with Daddy when he was coaching Drumaness, a long time ago now. Which team-mate has been the most inspirational and why? Dan Gordon, gives everything […]

Meenagh joins Conor Laverty’s backroom team in Down

CIARÁN Meenagh has joined the backroom team of Conor Laverty’s Down Senior Footballers, it has emerged this evening. Meenagh had been involved with Derry since 2018, originally in a coaching capacity before stepping into the management position vacated by Rory Gallagher in the lead-in to this year’s Ulster final. Subsequent to their impressive showing against […]

IN FOCUS: Ryan McAleenan’s road to recovery

Ryan McAleenan hoped to pull on the Down jersey again but he suffered a career-ending injury and it undoubtedly took a mental toll on the Warrenpoint defender By Shaun Casey RYAN McAleenan can still remember the feeling. The crushing collapse of his world caving below his feet. His career was over. Playing football, his driving […]

Down’s Jack Turley claims senior title in inaugural Monaghan Wallball Open

LAST Saturday saw the inaugural Monaghan Wallball Open handball tournament take place in Beech Hill College in Monaghan Town, hosted by the Monaghan County Handball Board. Jack Turley from County Down claimed the Senior Open title against local player Terry McElvaney of the Monaghan Harps club on a scoreline of 21-11 after a fantastic battle […]

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 […]