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 […]

Cormac McAnallen: The Brantry Boy will remain forever young

By Niall Gartland CORMAC McAnallen is forever young. The Brantry Boy is immortalised in the mind’s eye as the fiercely determined Tyrone footballer whose mid-season reinvention as a full-back was the missing piece of the jigsaw in 2003. Four games was all it took for Cormac to nail down the All-Star full-back position. Tyrone’s calamitous […]

Derry devastation as Kerry pull clear in closing stages

All-Ireland SFC semi-final Kerry 1-17 Derry 1-15 By Michael McMullan DERRY’S hopes of a second All-Ireland title ewere dashed at the semi-final stage for the second year in a row after Sunday’s defeat to reigning champions Kerry at Croke Park. Advertisement The Oakleafers led 1-14 to 1-12 as the game headed for the final turn […]

All-Ireland quarter-final draws

By Michael McMullan THE draws for this weekend’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals has been made as the race for Sam Maguire hots up even more. There will a repeat of the 2021 final with champions Kerry set to face Tyrone. Armagh and Monaghan are set for an all-Ulster derby with Ulster champions Derry out against Cork […]

GAA football championship Team of the Week

THERE are seven Ulster players on the latest GAA SFC Team of the Week. Receive quality journalism wherever you are, on any device. Keep up to date from the comfort of your own home with a digital subscription. Any time | Any place | Anywhere Subscribe to current edition today and get access to our […]

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 […]

Blue eyed boy – Naomh Conaill’s Oisín Bonner

By Michael McMullan MONDAY, September 24, 2012 was the start of two journeys in Crumlin’s Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. As All-Ireland Sunday stepped into a new week, Donegal’s heroes were taking Sam back to the hills. For seven-week old Oisín Bonner, his journey was different. He needed a helping hand early in life. […]

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 […]

STEVEN POACHER: A new era of Gaelic Football

A FEW weeks back, John Harrington of interviewed me for a piece in the All-Ireland semi-final programme. It centered around how Gaelic Football has evolved over the last five years and how the sport is gathering pace both on and off the playing field. There’s S & C, nutrition, GPS, video analysis, performance coaches, transition play, […]

Devenney’s highlights from the Hills

IN the latest of the Our Games feature, we looked at the career of former Donegal attacking star Brendan Devenney. Teams played for (in order): Cuchullians (Derry City), Naomh Baithan (Donegal), St Eunan’s, Naomh Colmcille (Donegal), Sons of Erin (Northhampton), St Eunan’s, Donegal New York, Donegal, Ulster and Ireland. Current involvement: Media pundit and analyst. Which […]