Litmus test for the Oak Leafers

ALL-IRELAND SFC SEMI-FINAL Derry v Kerry Sunday, Croke Park, 4pm Live on RTÉ and BBC By Niall Gartland Advertisement ECHOES of 2012? Recall the celebrations when Kerry beat their Tyrone, by then a pale shadow of the team that had won three All-Irelands, out the gate in Killarney. Paul Galvin was leaping around, Kieran Donaghy held the rather more […]

The scores of the season

Now that the All-Ireland championship is done and dusted, Niall Gartland ranks the top ten scores from the championship, including the provincial series and Tailteann Cup 1 Sean O’Shea’s winning free against Dublin NOT only the most significant score of this year’s championship, but one that could see a seismic shift in the balance of […]

JOE BROLLY: Galway v Clifford

THE Dublin empire has fallen, replaced by a democracy of flawed challengers. Tyrone came out of the blue to win it last year. When they did, it was so mentally overwhelming for them that they were unable to recover in time to defend their title. They were a ghost team this season, walloped by Derry […]