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 […]

Minor miracles

Tyrone (Eight All-Ireland titles) TYRONE are fourth in the overall leaderboard with a very impressive eight All-Ireland titles to their name (only Kerry, Cork and Dublin have fared better over the years). The Red Hands won their first All-Ireland titles in 1947 and 1948, and their winning run in 1998 laid the platform for their […]

‘Home’ comforts

By Niall Gartland KICKING up stink about Dublin. It became a bit of a public sport for a few years there, but as they say, there’s no smoke without fire, right? At least they aren’t winning All-Irelands all around them these days (come on, it got boring) but you’ll likely have clocked Glenn Ryan’s comments […]

GERARD O’KANE: Ulster is alive and kicking

JUST like that, the championship has not only crept up on us but it is well and truly in full swing. We are three games down in the Ulster Championship and it really sparked into life last Sunday in Omagh. The previous games involving Armagh and Antrim and Derry and Fermanagh went relatively to script […]