KEVIN CASSIDY: An early litmus test for Donegal


BASED on the games that we have seen to date, I don’t think this year’s National Football League has fully caught fire yet. Having said that, it does continue to throw us up blockbusters on a weekly basis. As I glance through the fixtures this weekend, the ones to catch my eye are undoubtedly the clash of […]


PATRICK MORRISON: It’s important to box out


By Patrick Morrison IT was back in the early ‘90s that I first experienced the game of basketball. As a tall primary six student I was afforded a place on the school basketball team. We were coached by Jimmy McKee (Pearse Ógs) in the Christian Brothers PS and competed in a few competitions throughout the […]


JOE BROLLY: Boring Dublin


I WATCHED the Derry game in Smyths in Ranelagh with Sean Muldoon from the Loup. Three Englishmen were in the booth with us and were intrigued by the game. We explained the rules to them – three points for a goal, a point for a point, the solo, the bounce, the tackle. They could not […]


Farney out to ease last year’s Dubs heartache


By Shaun Casey IT’S back to the scene of the crime for Vinny Corey and his Monaghan men as they return to Croke Park with last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin still fresh in their minds. Everyone had Monaghan written off as they contested for a spot in the All-Ireland final, not that there’s […]


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 […]


All-Ireland 7s glory for Belnaleck


FERMANAGH club Belnaleck were crowned Beacon Hospital All-Ireland Football 7s champions on Saturday after a two-point win over Trillick, St Macartan’s in the Kilmacud Crokes tournament. Teams from all across the country competed for the coveted title and it was the Fermanagh side that came out on top after a 1-11 to 1-9 win over the Tyrone team in […]


Michael Kennedy: The Red Hand and the Blue Wave


By Niall Gartland THE Sperrin Mountains – a remote sort of place even by the standards of rural Ireland. It’s also where Michael Kennedy spent his childhood and early adult years before picking up sticks and moving to Dublin. The Glenelly and Tyrone native probably didn’t envision at that stage that he would play his […]


No change for the Dubs ahead of Monaghan clash


By Michael McMullan DUBLIN manager Dessie Farrell has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Monaghan in Croke Park (5.30pm). Whether it’s the Dublin team that actually starts is another matter. There have been changes to virtually every selection before throw-in. There is no place for Ciaran Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey or Paddy Small […]


Gallagher hoping for fans to back Donegal All-Ireland bid


By Michael McMullan DONEGAL star Emer Gallagher is hoping Sunday’s home quarter-final clash with Dublin (MacCumhaill Park 2pm) will entice fans to put their shoulder of support to their latest All-Ireland bid. It comes at the business end of a season of two halves. After losing all their league games, Donegal found themselves relegated from […]