Sheehan’s side in good shape ahead of Royal meeting

By Niall Gartland THE Down hurlers are set to embark on their fourth year of Joe McDonagh hurling when they host Meath at Ballycran this Saturday. Ronan Sheehan’s side achieved promotion to the second tier All-Ireland competition back in 2020 by virtue of reaching the Christy Ring final, where they fell short against Kildare. Since then […]

Down hoping to get off the Laois

By Michael McMullan DOWN are fully aware of the reward for beating Laois on Saturday, insists Eoghan Sands. Before a ball was pucked this season and in light of the new format for the National League in 2025, the Down camp targeted a league final. The winners from Saturday will not only play Carlow in […]

Down blow after Sands red card upheld

By Michael McMullan DOWN must prepare for Saturday’s winner takes all showdown with Laois without Eoghan Sands after Thursday’s unsuccessful appeal against a contentious red card in their last outing. The Portaferry player was sent off in their 3-19 to 1-16 win over Meath in Ballycran. It was a victory that saw Ronan Sheehan’s side […]

Down well aware of Laois threat says Sheehan

By Shaun Casey HAMMERINGS can slice up wounds that take a long time to heal and as Down return to Laois Hire O’Moore Park this weekend, the drubbing they received at the hands of Laois, at the very same venue last season, will surely still be fresh in their minds. Ronan Sheehan’s men face the […]

Widening hurling’s base

The race for the Liam McCarthy Cup has been a club of too few counties. Michael McMullan got the thoughts of some of those involved in hurling outside the elite on how to start closing the gap. WITH just four teams left in the race to put their ribbons on the Liam McCarthy Cup, Ulster’s […]

It’s do-or-die time for the Down hurlers

By Shaun Casey THINGS are fairly simple for Down this weekend as they head south to take on Kildare. Win, and they remain in the Joe McDonagh Cup for another season but lose, and they’re guaranteed relegation. A draw won’t do for Ronan Sheehan’s men has the Lilywhites have the upper hand in terms of […]

Down aiming to build confidence

By Kieran Lynch DOWN haven’t enjoyed the easiest of seasons to this point, and whilst Sunday’s upcoming clash against Carlow won’t impact their Joe McDonagh Cup status, it’s a chance to build confidence and momentum ahead of a relegation decider in round five. The Mourne County have yet to win a competitive fixture in 2023, […]

Hurling round-up: Down hurlers face table-toppers Offaly

By Shaun Casey DOWN have had a difficult start to the championship season, losing to Kerry in round one of the Joe McDonagh Cup before suffering a 7-24 to 0-14 defeat to Laois last weekend. Things can only get better for Ronan Sheehan’s men when they travel to Offaly this weekend, but it won’t be […]

Down hurlers are bidding to bounce back

By Shaun Casey DOWN will be keen to bounce back from their 12-point defeat at the hands of Kerry last weekend when they travel to Portlaoise on Sunday for their Joe McDonagh Cup second round showdown against Laois. Losing to the Kingdom is no disgrace, Kerry competed in the Joe McDonagh Cup final last year, losing […]

Down hurlers set to welcome the Kingdom

By Niall Gartland THERE’S a fine line between success and failure and the Down hurlers will hope that the cards fall in their favour in their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign which gets underway against Kerry at Ballycran in Saturday. Down only had a single point at the table when the curtain was drawn on their […]