Doran links up with McConville for new venture

MARK Doran will link up with Oisin McConville in Wicklow next season, Gaelic Life understands. The former Down players and coach – who will remain as manager of Derry club Sleacht Néill –  takes up the role after being involved with Colm Collins in Clare last season. Doran – alongside Jerome Johnston – led Ballybay […]

Manager Doran is focused on backing up Ballinderry win

By Michael McMullan SLEACHT Néill must back up their win over Ballinderry when they visit Loup this Saturday (5.30pm) insists manager Mark Doran. The Emmet’s have taken a while to get motoring in this year’s championship with a narrow defeat atthe hands of Magherafelt followingup a draw at Steelstown in roundone. Shane McGuigan bagged 1-4 […]

Doran in favour of split season

By Michael McMullan SLEACHT Néill manager Mark Doran is in favour the split season and feels the total focus on the club game is “brilliant” for clubs. Doran, who was also part of Clare’s management team under Colm Collins this season, is well placed to speak on the topic given his experience in managing county […]

MATCH PREVIEW: Derry must focus on their side of the bargain

All-Ireland SFC Round THREE Clare v Derry Saturday, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 6pm By Michael McMullan Advertisement THE moment Karl O’Connell hit his 74th-minute equaliser at Celtic Park, Derry’s desire to top their group was out of their own hands. But it could’ve been worse. Three points in arrears, on two separate occasions, Derry were […]

Experienced heads still key for Corey

All-Ireland SFC Round 2 Monaghan v Clare Sunday, St Tiernach’s Park, 2pm By Shaun Casey YOU can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but then again, sometimes you don’t have to. Although Monaghan seem to be trying to turn a corner, when the going gets tough, it’s the old battle-hardened warriors that still stand up to […]


I WAS going to say last weekend saw the start of the All-Ireland Championship but technically it wasn’t, it was only the start of a very diluted provincial championship which for me could turn the season into a disaster. How we can have knock-out provincials into a group of four where three qualify and then another knockout […]

Derry on the cusp of promotion

By Michael McMullan DERRY’S target is simple this week. Avoid defeat at the hands of Clare and they are on the way back to Division One for the first time since 2015. While a tenth game unbeaten since the 2022 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway will see them through, it’s hard to imagine anything other […]

STEVEN POACHER: The separation game

LAST Friday evening in our school, St Joseph’s Newry, hosted the second of our January coach education evenings, with Clare Senior Football Coach Mark Doran delivering a brilliant session on using games to break down a crowded defence. There was 150 coaches at it and the previous week there was over 200 coaches there to witness […]

Ballybay captain braced for their new challenge

By Shaun Casey BALLYBAY are looking forward to the new and exciting prospect of featuring in the Ulster Club Championship, something they haven’t done since 2012. Captain Eoin McKearney was just a cub at that stage, but the 25-year-old says the whole team is looking forward to this weekend’s experience. “I’ve never played in it; […]

Ballybay revel in Mick Duffy glory

By Kieran Lynch BALLYBAY Pearse Brothers turned in a top-class performance to dethrone Scotstown in the Monaghan Senior Football Championship final on Sunday. Jerome Johnston and Mark Doran’s side won 1-11 to 1-8 to claim their first county crown since 2012, with goal-scoring Man of the Match Dessie Ward one of a number of outstanding […]