Derry set to ratify u-20 manager ahead of the new season

By Michael McMullan DERRY GAA are set to ratify their new Derry u-20 football manager at the next meeting of the County Committee ahead of the 2024 season. Hugh McGrath will fill the vacancy left after former All-Ireland minor winning manager Martin Boyle stepped down from the post. McGrath, Derry’s Coaching Officer, was part of […]

Meenagh pays tribute to Benny Heron as he calls time on Oakleaf career

By Michael McMullan BENNY Heron was one of the most valued members of Derry’s back-to-back winning team, was “massively respected” within the group and has the potential to have a successful career as a coach. That’s the opinion of Ciarán Meenagh, who coached and managed Derry on their rise from Division Four to Ulster glory […]

Rogers “excited” by Harte appointment

By Shaun Casey DERRY star Brendan Rogers admits he was “surprised” but “excited” by the introduction of three-time All-Ireland manager Mickey Harte as the new Oak Leaf boss. Harte guided his native county Tyrone to the Sam Maguire in 2003, 2005 and 2008 and spent the last two seasons in Louth where he gained back-to-back […]

GERARD O’KANE: Devlin’s presence is huge for Derry

By Gerard O’Kane IF only I had known then what I know now. That’s a saying widely used in many parts of life but in my last column where I talked of the changing landscape in Ulster for the forthcoming season, I was talking about the new appointments in Cavan and Donegal. Never in my […]

At the ‘Hub’ of the action

By Alan Rodgers TWO decades on and the scene which greeted Kevin Hughes in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle on that fateful day in September 2003 is still etched on his memory. Thousands of fans were converging onto the Croke Park pitch. The Killeeshil clubman managed to get the ideal vantage point to […]

McCartan on board in new Louth management team

By Michael McMullan FORMER Down star and manager James McCartan is back in inter-county management as part of Ger Brennan’s ticket with Louth. Former Dublin star Brennan, currently the GAA Executive with UCD, was ratified to take over as Mickey Harte as the Wee County’s senior football manager on Monday night, two weeks after Harte […]

JOE BROLLY: Liam and Mickey

AT Liam Hinphey’s wake on Sunday, somebody asked his son Liam Óg what had finally done for the great man. He said, “The news about Mickey Harte.” The house was filled with kids wearing their Kevin Lynch hurling shirts. Many of the adults were wearing Kevin Lynch shirts and track tops. A Kevin Lynch jersey […]

Captain Canavan recalls a milestone season

By Barry O’Donnell DESPITE the passage of time memories of that halcyon summer campaign are still vivid. It’s 20 years exactly today (September 28th 2003 ) since the famine ended with Tyrone laying claim to its first ever All-Ireland senior football title. A 0-12 to 0-9 triumph over defending champions and old adversaries Armagh in […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Will Harte’s style of play suit the Oak Leafers?

There is one thing that I have noticed over the last 10 to 15 years and that is in GAA circles, allegiances mean very little. The GAA was rocked this week with the news that Mickey Harte would become the next Derry senior football team manager. I’m sure when considering who would become the next manager, […]