GERARD O’KANE: Short on top

IT was Brian Clough who famously said, ‘We had a good team on paper. Unfortunately, the game was played on grass’. Well the same can be said in a roundabout way for Derry on Saturday this week. Of all the teams Derry could have got in the draw, Mayo were maybe the best team on […]

GERARD O’KANE: It’s crunch time

MY last column opened with the lines “what a difference four weeks makes!” This was in reference to Derry losing to Donegal after beating Dublin in an exhilarating game four weeks previous to that. Derry had gone from such a high to a low in the space of four weeks that it led to wall-to-wall coverage. There […]

GERARD O’KANE: Laying down a marker

WELL, the leagues have finished for all but eight teams who will compete in the finals this weekend. The other 24 teams have had a week off from league fixtures and planning, but it certainly will not have been a week off from county duty as the Championship is rolling around next weekend again. On […]

GERARD O’KANE: Tyrone’s Harte breaker

THIRTY NINE years ago, Ian Paisley led the ‘Ulster says No’ campaign in retaliation to the provisions of the 1985 Anglo-Irish agreement. Well at the minute, that slogan could be turned on its head to say ‘Ulster says Go’. We have just finished the first week of the National League and Ulster teams have taken […]

Changes at Cavan intermediate level

By Niall Gartland and Michael McMullan A NUMBER of Cavan intermediate clubs have announced new managers in recent weeks ahead of the 2024 season. Templeport, who bowed out at the quarter-final stage of last season’s championship, have appointed Paul Prior as their new manager. He has extensive experience, managing his native Ballinamore to Intermediate success in […]

Former Derry defender takes up manager post in Cavan

By Michael McMullan FORMER Derry defender Gerard O’Kane has been appointed as the new manager of Cavan side Killinkere. O’Kane, Derry’s 2002 minor All-Ireland winning captain, resides in Cavan and has been involved in coaching with Ramor United and has been heavily involved with Glenullin. The following year he also skippered St Patrick’s Maghera to […]

GERARD O’KANE: It’s time to unwind

FOR 95 per cent of club players, we are now well into the off season – or maybe party season as some would like to call it – though for those who did not make it to the latter end of their respective championships, this might have been the case for a number of weeks […]

GERARD O’KANE: Devlin’s presence is huge for Derry

By Gerard O’Kane IF only I had known then what I know now. That’s a saying widely used in many parts of life but in my last column where I talked of the changing landscape in Ulster for the forthcoming season, I was talking about the new appointments in Cavan and Donegal. Never in my […]


WELL, it has been all change in the landscape of Ulster football in the last few weeks with regard to managerial appointments. Donegal have gone back to Jim McGuinness, someone who will give a massive boost and energetic lift for the county even before the players turn up for their first session. This appointment will […]

GERARD O’KANE: The boys of summer

TO say that Derry GAA is on the crest of a wave this week is an understatement. Having watched the minors beat Monaghan in Armagh on to win the All-Ireland on Sunday past, the attention now shifts to the seniors who take on Kerry on Sunday. While this column is generally reserved for a general […]