GLIST: It’s championship time

The championship is here and Michael McMullan looks at some of the things we’ll see Anyone got a ticket? THERE won’t be room to turn a sweet in your mouth at Celtic Park later this month as Derry welcome Donegal. The boom is back in both counties. You have Jim versus Mickey and the recent […]

Drama on the final day

With the final day of NFL done and dusted, Shaun Casey looks at some of the big storylines that have dominated the round seven fixtures of recent seasons. 2023 – Monaghan MONAGHAN love the last-day drama and could have been nominated for every year, but last season was significant as they held onto their top […]

GLIST: A selection of absentees

Many football team-sheets have changed over the winter with big names departing, and Shaun Casey puts together his best missing 15 1 Raymond Galligan (Cavan) The ex-Cavan netminder didn’t take much time off after retiring, jumping straight into management. The leadership and experience of the Ulster Championship winning captain will surely be a miss on […]

FEATURE: Contending for honours

A look back at Ulster teams’ progression to the latter stages of the All-Ireland series… Tyrone (Ten semi-finals) STATISTICALLY, Tyrone have been far and away the most successful Ulster side on the All-Ireland stage since the turn of the millennium. The Red Hands have played in ten semi-finals, winning five of them, a testament to […]

A decade of the best

With the 2023 PwC GAA/GPA All-Stars taking place at the RDS on Friday evening, Niall McCoy looks at the last 10 Footballers of the Year 2022: David Clifford (Kerry) KERRY’S long wait, well long by their standards, for Sam was ended thanks mostly to the individual brilliance of the Fossa genius. Finalists Galway had two […]

Ulster’s Players of the Year

Shaun Casey takes a look back at the Ulster players who have won the prestigious Footballer of the Year award Kieran McGeary (Tyrone) – 2021 TYRONE ended a 13-year wait for an All-Ireland title and captured the Sam Maguire Cup in the first year of Brian Dooher and Feargal Logan’s joint-management ticket. The Red Hands […]

Hurling’s goal-scoring legends

Goal-scoring legend Séamus Callanan announced his Tipperary retirement this week, sparking Niall McCoy to access the top three-point earners in the race for the Liam MacCarthy Nickey Rackard Wexford – 59 SO good they named a trophy after him. While some of his family had hoped he’d be a cricketer, Wexford fans will forever be […]

Big day performers

Some of the legends of the game have produced their best work on All-Ireland final day, and Niall Gartland takes a look back at some of the very best individual performances in recent decades in All-Ireland SFC deciders… Maurice Fitzgerald  1997 MAURICE Fitzgerald’s performance in the 1997 All-Ireland final is the stuff of legends, but it […]


There’s only one game remaining in this year’s All-Ireland Championship and Niall Gartland casts an eye over the footballers who have scored the most from play… 1 Colm Basquel (5-15) IS the word revelation pushing it a little? Yes, Basquel was largely nullified in Saturday’s dogged victory over Monaghan, but otherwise he’s exceeded expectations and […]

Dates with destiny

Niall Gartland looks back at how Ulster teams have fared in recent All-Ireland semi-final clashes… 2022: Galway 2-8 Derry 1-6 THE Oakleafers enjoyed their best season in decades last year, winning the Ulster title on a sun-kissed day at Clones, but their uncompromising brand of football came unstuck against a potent Galway team. Two goals […]