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 […]

JOE BROLLY: The Gilroy defibrillator

‘Blitzkrieg: An intense military campaign intended to bring about a swift victory. A short period characterized by an intense, overwhelming effort to accomplish a goal.’ AFTER the game, Kevin McStay was glowing but calm, in the manner of a veteran researcher who has just discovered the cure for cancer. If you had the volume off […]

All-Ireland semi-final details announced

By Michael McMullan THE GAA have finalised the semi-final details of this year’s All-Ireland SFC series. Champions Kerry will take on Derry on Sunday, July 16 at 4pm, a game which will be preceded by the All-Ireland JFC final. Dublin’s game with Monaghan take place the previous day, Saturday, July 15 (5.30pm) with the Tailteann […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Christmas comes early for football fans

CHRISTMAS has arrived a little early for us Gaels with this weekend’s games as the All-Ireland race will be cut down to the last four standing. If you had picked these fixtures, you couldn’t have done a better job. When the draw was announced on Monday, I think that every GAA person in the country […]

Derry name minor team for All-Ireland semi-final date with the Dubs

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Damian McErlain has named his side for Sunday’s All-Ireland MFC semi-final with Dublin (BOX-IT Athletic Grounds 5.30pm) The side shows no change from their 1-13 to 0-4 win over reigning champions Galway in the quarter-final. Both teams are unbeaten in this year’s championship, but Derry needed extra-time and penalties in […]