KEVIN CASSIDY: A first instalment

CONSIDERING that the 2024 inter-county season only fully kicks off next weekend there’s so much happening this week with the GAA. Let me begin with the decision to overturn the eight week suspension handed down to Jim McGuinness last week. I wrote here last week I thought the decision was farcical from the beginning. I […]

Armagh hold off the Red Hands to a clinch semi-final berth

Dr McKenna Cup Round Three ARMAGH 1-14 TYRONE 2-10 By Barry O’Donnell THE margins were wafer-thin come the final whistle last night but when the various permutations were untangled it was Armagh who booked their passage into the last four of the McKenna Cup by virtue of this narrow victory over old adversaries Tyrone at […]

Derry game part of the Down learning curve

DOWN manager Conor Laverty feels his side can still qualify for the semi-finals of the McKenna Cup and playing against Derry will have benefited his side. With Odhrán Murdock to the fore, Down were twice seven points ahead during the first half of Saturday’s clash in Celtic Park. It was very much a game of […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Will Jim bring something new?

I SPENT Christmas Day like everyone does, eating way too much, sipping on wine and beers and spending quality time with the family. On St Stephen’s day, I went for a brisk walk in the fresh air to clear the head after my overindulgence of the previous day. I stopped off at the Gaoth Dobhair […]

VOX POP: Ulster says yes to the McKenna Cup

Micheál Bannigan (Monaghan) “PERSONALLY, I definitely always look forward to the McKenna Cup. I think it’s very important at this time of the year and it’s very useful to get those couple of competitive games in before the National League. “You get them under you belt and it lets you know where you’re at. From […]

Jim ‘very happy’ with first outing

BY RYAN FERRY JIM McGuinness stated that he was ‘very happy’ as his second tenure got off to a good start against Roscommon in a challenge match in Ballyshannon on Sunday. It wasn’t a competitive fixture and teams aren’t always on the same level in terms of preparation at this time of the year. But […]

Mooney back in the mix with Down

By Shaun Casey CAOLAN Mooney is back training with Down ahead of the upcoming season following a year on the sidelines through injury. The versatile RGU Downpatrick star tore his ACL at the end of the 2022 season and didn’t feature in the red and black at all last season. The former county captain, who […]

‘Hurt’ of last year motivating Mattie and Tyrone

By Barry O’Donnell A PROLONGED spell of introspection over the off-season among the Tyrone players was necessary to try and avoid a repeat of 2022, Matthew Donnelly believes. With Tyrone set to meet Derry yet again in the final of the Dr McKenna Cup this Saturday evening in the Athletic Grounds, the match will provide […]