Four Masters – Mastering the art of winning

By Michael McMullan WHEN the Abbey players run out onto the St Tiernach’s Park sod on Saturday, it will be a big deal. And it is. It’s the final leg of a magical journey as they aim to follow in the footsteps of St Eunan’s Letterkenny and De Le Salle Ballyshannon as All-Ireland B winners […]

Abbey Vocational hoping to take golden opportunity

By Niall Gartland THE MacLarnon Cup title is safely secured for the first time in the school’s history, and Abbey Vocational manager Stuart McFadden is determined that they give the All-Ireland ‘B’ series a proper shot. They take on Galway side Dunmore this Saturday in the Paddy Drummond semi-final in Sligo, and while they enjoyed […]

A magical day for Abbey Vocational School

By Niall Gartland ABBEY Vocational forward Conor Meehan was thrilled to bits after they created history for the school in Sunday’s MacLarnon Cup victory against Our Lady and St Patrick’s Knock. The pre-match favourites justified their billing with a thoroughly deserved 2-10 to 0-8 victory at the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds in Armagh. There was no […]

Abbey VS ready for historic occasion in MacLarnon final

By Niall Gartland SUNDAY is an historic occasion for the ground-breaking boys from Abbey Vocational School as they venture into their first ever MacLarnon Cup final. This is the ‘B’ competition at Ulster Schools level and the Donegal Town school are set to take on Belfast-based Our Lady’s and St Patrick’s College Knock for the […]

When we were kings: The St Tiernach’s Clones story

Fifty years ago, St Tiernach’s, Clones were MacLarnon Cup champions. Albert Fayne kicked eight points in the final and Gerry McMahon was joint manager. Later this month the squad will reunite to look back at the memories. Michael McMullan writes… WHEN Albert Fayne retired from 44 years as an insurance broker, there was only one […]

Clean sweep for Tyrone schools

By Niall Gartland COMPLETING a clean sweep in Ulster Schools’ U-19 tournaments paints a very rosy picture as far as Tyrone underage football is concerned. Omagh CBS, St Joseph’s Donaghmore and the Dean Maguirc have been in celebratory mode following their deserved triumphs over the course of the last week. Memories to last a lifetime […]

Gearóid Adams backs Gaelfast plan for long haul

By Michael McMullan ANTRIM GAA’s Director of Football Gearóid Adams has hailed the input of Gaelfast to help develop Gaelic Games in Belfast Speaking in the build-up to his school, Rathmore Grammar, playing in their first MacLarnon Cup final since 2007 on Friday night, Adams feels there is much untapped GAA potential in Belfast. With […]

Antrim’s West Wing

By Michael McMullan GLENAVY’S Chapel Hill is a long way from Croke Park, but there will be an Antrim interest in Sunday’s All-Ireland final with former Saffron star Owen Gallagher in Pádraic Joyce’s Galway squad bidding for a first title since 2001. Gallagher was brought into the Antrim senior panel by Liam Bradley in 2012 […]

Red High defeat Ballymena to book MacLarnon final spot

Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup Semi-Final 2019 Red High, Downpatrick 2-15 St.Louis’, Ballymena 0-11 Two second half goals from Brandon Boyd sent Red High well on their way towards a first MacLarnon Cup final appearance in thirteen years. Red High led by three at the break after a nip and tuck opening thirty minutes with Ruairi […]