JOE BROLLY: Won’t somebody please think of the audience?

AFTER 29 minutes of the Mayo Senior Football final on Sunday, co-commentator John Maughan said, “All I can do is apologise to the viewers for this really terrible spectacle. I’m not sure it’s going to get any better.” At half time, hundreds of people upped and left, leaving empty rows of seats in the middle of […]

Rule of the week: The ball on the ground

A RECENT addition to Gaelic Life is the Rule of the Week and here is this week’s example. By Michael McMullan MAYO fans were on their feet. Jordan Flynn rifled a close-range shot to the net in the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Dublin. But it didn’t count. At the time, it appeared a […]

JACK MADDEN: Salthill success on the cards for Galway

YOU’D wonder what went through Shane Walsh’s head as the ball hung high in the dark grey Carrick-on-Shannon sky. It hadn’t been his day. The magic moment you come to expect slipped from his grasp. Rip up the script. Less than 24 hours previously, Toulouse defeated Ronan O’Gara’s Stade Rochelais to win the French Top14 title. […]

Monaghan revel in greater freedom

By Michael McMullan MONAGHAN minors revelled in the freedom granted by Mayo’s style of play in Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final suggests manager Dermot Malone. The Farney side recovered from an early Mayo goal to run out deserving winners, setting up a semi-final clash with Kerry as they aim to book a first final spot since in […]

Impressive Monaghan swat aside Mayo to clinch last four slot

All-Ireland MFC quarter-final Monaghan 1-15 Mayo 1-8 By Michael McMullan A POWERFUL showing from Max McGinnity, Tommy Mallen and Matthew Finn shot Monaghan into the All-Ireland semi-finals at the expense of Mayo on Saturday in Carrick on Shannon. Advertisement The trio shot nine of their sides tally, but the hunger inside the Farney jersey was […]

All-Ireland minor fixtures finalised

By Michael McMullan THE dates, times and venues have been announced for the All-Ireland minor quarter-finals. Ulster champions Derry will take on Galway in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. The Tribesmen were 2-9 to 1-11 winners on their way to the title despite a spirited Derry comeback. Advertisement From this year’s team, captain […]

Two Donegal changes ahead of crunch Mayo clash

By Jackie Cahill DONEGAL boss Maxi Curran has made two changes in personnel from the team that lost to Dublin last time out for Sunday’s relegation crunch against Mayo in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League. Donegal must win in Letterkenny (2pm) to preserve their top-flight status, having contested a Division 1 […]

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 […]

Crunch time for Donegal ahead of Mayo visit

By Michael McMullan DONEGAL have spent just two years in the last decade outside the top flight and Sunday’s visit of Mayo poses an acid test of their survival chances this season. Paddy Carr’s side have been a mixed bag. After a hot and cold opening to the league, the grit demonstrated when nothing was […]

GERARD O’KANE: The spider’s web

THE managerial merry-go-round is in full swing at the moment at county level. County board delegates are meeting in smoke-filled back rooms, curtains closed, under cover of darkness and a special knock to get in. The veil of secrecy thrown over some of these processes is akin to waiting on white smoke coming from the […]