No slacking for players in close season – McBrearty

BY RYAN FERRY PATRICK McBrearty says there is no slacking off for the Donegal players over the close season this term. McBrearty missed a large chunk of the 2023 season through injury so he’s happy to be busy and on a gym programme. There are a lot of physical gains to be made over the […]

Gildea backs McGuinness to give Donegal a bounce

By Michael McMullan FORMER Donegal midfielder John Gildea has backed his former Naomh Conaill teammate Jim McGuiness to again work his magic as the county’s senior boss. Gildea also hopes that ace forward Oisín Gallen can carry his club form into the county scene and be a focal point of the attack. McGuinness, an All-Ireland […]

DECLAN McCOY: The imitation game

GAELIC football is gradually moving towards a reset in the fundamental make up of teams. We have two points to consider in this regard. Firstly, the standard programme lays out the 15 players in the traditional structure. They consist of a ‘keeper, six defenders, two midfielders and six forwards. I can’t for the life of […]

Ó Baoill return a boost for Donegal

By Shaun Casey NEW Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has received a major boost as key player Dáire Ó Baoill is set to return. Gaelic Life had reported earlier in the summer that Ó Baoill, along with his Gaoth Dobhair club and county teammate Ódhran McFadden Ferry, were set to miss the club championship and potentially next […]


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 […]

McBrearty is enjoying the club buzz

By Michael McMullan DONEGAL ace Patrick McBrearty is happy to be back in club football action as he continues his return to full fitness from injury that curtailed his county season. McBrearty scored 1-7 in Kilcar’s win over St Michael’s in front of the watching recently reappointed Donegal manager Jim McGuinness on Sunday. After wins […]

JOE BROLLY: Heeeeere’s Jimmy

JUST when you thought it was safe, he’s back. Like Freddie Kruger appearing at the window. Or Jack Nicholson at the door with an axe, grinning, those dark eyes flashing. “Heeeeere’s Jimmy.” Having engineered the most extraordinary coup in the history of Gaelic football in 2012, then the greatest ambush in living memory (the 2014 All-Ireland […]

JACK MADDEN: Magician or demolition

JIM McGuinness. One man’s messiah, another man’s Satan. A tactical genius, and the man who damaged the game beyond repair. Marmite. Take your pick. The origins would slip your mind, the man with the laptop and a Powerpoint presentation in a room with no socket. Maybe it was quite Jim McGuinness of him to get up […]