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 […]

Running the rule – a look at some misunderstood rules

By Michael McMullan THE season never stops, but it’s now in full flow. Week after week, the pitches of Ireland are buzzing with action at all ages and levels. Central to it all are the rules of the game but it’s not without its complications, differing opinions and the frustrations that come with it. In […]

Feature on GAA’s targetmen – The bear in the square

Like double denim, the big man on the edge of the square seemed to have had its day, but something is changing in football and the target man returning. Shaun Casey writes… HOW often do you hear ‘kick it in’ at a football game? It’s probably the most used phrase in GAA circles, or at […]

PATRICK MORRISON: Look after your gloves

EVERYWHERE I go whenever I am coaching goalkeepers; I am always asked about what gloves I think are the best to use. What is the best make, the best cut or what is the best fit. In reality there is no perfect pair of gloves that is best for everyone. Just like every goalkeeper is different, […]

17th medal “as sweet as the very first” for Aaron Kernan

By Shaun Casey MOST clubs base their whole existence around trying to win one championship, but then again Crossmaglen aren’t most clubs. The Rangers collected their 46th senior championship crown on Sunday, and their first since 2019, with a 12-point win over Granemore. Aaron Kernan enjoyed one of his best championship campaigns in recent years […]

Limavady deliver first title

By Michael McMullan THE boys of Limavady Cúchullains were the first Ulster winners of the All-Britain Competition, as part of their involvement in Ulster GAA’s Cúchulainn initiative. They travelled with the girls of Lisburn and came home with the cup after a successful weekend on and off the pitch. The Cúchulainn Initiative involves schools from […]

JOE BROLLY: A game called Gaelic Football

CLUB championship season is upon us, and it is hard to feel excited. We go because we support our team. We go because we have always gone. It is a triumph of optimism over reality. The sweepers will kill the game. The teams will hold possession endlessly. They will work the ball forward and back and […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Coaching or telling?

THERE are many more important things in life than our great Gaelic games but because of the time and commitment required to succeed at the highest levels, it still plays a huge role in people’s lives. Consequently, along with the great joy the journey and ultimately the winning brings us, the losing can bring great […]


I AM still recovering from the sing song at Knockmore GAA club. Michael English on the piano makes everyone sound good, even the glamorous brunette, who is the only woman I know who can see in three keys simultaneously. If the club was bouncing to ‘Courtin in the Kitchen’ it went to a whole new […]

STEVEN POACHER: A new era of Gaelic Football

A FEW weeks back, John Harrington of interviewed me for a piece in the All-Ireland semi-final programme. It centered around how Gaelic Football has evolved over the last five years and how the sport is gathering pace both on and off the playing field. There’s S & C, nutrition, GPS, video analysis, performance coaches, transition play, […]