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 […]

GERARD O’KANE: Mayo have the depth for Sam

In my last column four weeks ago, I remarked how the upcoming National League games at that time could be compared to ‘moving day’ in the golf majors. Since that weekend there has been another two rounds of the National League with another one left. As it stands now, there is still plenty to play […]


RORY Gallagher referred to the weekend past and this weekend coming as ‘moving day’ in the National League, similar to what they talk about in day three of the golf majors where the pack starts to take shape and all the runners and riders start to either look up or down depending on where they […]

Gerard O’Kane – The Green and Gold express

IF at first you don’t succeed, try again. That is what both Glen and Dunloy would have felt in the last 10 days. All I can say to both is fair play. Both don the green and gold and are within 15 mile from my home-place Glenullin, albeit Dunloy is just across the border in […]