It goes without saying that hurling is an incredibly difficult sport to master, and whoever is awarded our big individual prize of Hurler of the Year in association with Ulster GAA, will be thoroughly deserving of the plaudits. Last year’s winner was Dunloy’s Ryan Elliott, the first ever time a goalkeeper has got his hands […]

Gilmore aiming high with Setanta and Donegal

By Shaun Casey PRACTICE makes perfect and for Gerard Gilmore, working on his frees was a huge help for Setanta last season when they became the first ever team from Donegal to claim the Ulster Intermediate Hurling title. With former Armagh attacker Declan Coulter sidelined through injury, player/managers Kevin Campbell and Niall Cleary asked Gilmore […]

Nominees: 2023 Hurling Manager of the Year

Below are the nominees for the 2023 Hurling Manager of the Year sponsored by Hillgrove Hotel. Find out more about this year’s shortlisted nominees below. Brian Delargy – Cushendall Brian Delargy led Cushendall to the promised land in Antrim, as they collected the championship crown and broke the Dunloy stranglehold. But that wasn’t enough, and […]

Setanta focus turns to All-Ireland series

By Dáire Bonnar AFTER a superb win in the Ulster Intermediate Hurling final two weeks ago, attention for Setanta turns towards Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final. The memory of that win against Eire Óg Carrickmore is something that will live long in the memory for the Cross/Killygordon community, but they have had to park that away for […]

Ulster title success is ‘surreal’ says Campbell

BY DÁIRE BONNAR SETANTA defied the odds as they went on to win the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship title on Saturday afternoon in Owenbeg. For the third game of their Ulster Championship run, they went into the game as underdogs, but just like Ballinascreen and Middletown, Éire Óg, Carrickmore didn’t live up to the favourites’ […]

Red Hand McGettigan hoping to help Setanta to Ulster glory

THERE are few people who know Tyrone hurling better than one Gary McGettigan – the genial giant who is a native of Strabane – but who has been living in Doneyloop for over a decade. Gary hurled with Strabane Shamrocks for many years, starting around 1989, and won quite a few junior county titles after […]

Setanta stepping up

Donegal hurling team Setanta are a week away from their first-ever appearance in an Ulster Intermediate final. Shaun Casey writes… SETANTA have reached every Donegal Senior Hurling Championship final for the past seven consecutive seasons, winning five including a two-in-a-row this year, but of late they are stepping up to competing, and winning, at provincial […]

Setanta face injury concerns ahead of final

By Michael McMullan IT will be a waiting game for Setanta who will give their injured trio every chance of making themselves available for Saturday’s senior hurling final clash with St Eunan’s in O’Donnell Park (6pm). Josh McGee-Cronolly, Declan Coulter and Sean Ward all came in their semi-final win over Buncrana with knee injuries. “We […]

Setanta set sights on All-Ireland semi-final spot

BY RYAN FERRY A PLACE in the All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship semi-final is at stake this week when Setanta take on Kilburn Gaels (London) in the Twinning final in Pairc Colmcille, Carrickmore at 1pm. Setanta only won the Ulster Junior title last week but there’s no time to get carried away with that success. There […]

Late burst shoots Setanta to Ulster glory

2022 Ulster JHC Final Setanta 1-22 Shane O’Neill’s 0-15 By Michael McMullan DAVIN Flynn and Declan Coulter shot Setanta to Ulster glory with a late burst against Shane O’Neill’s of Glenarm. Advertisement The Donegal champions – backboned by a host of players with inter-county experience – opted to play against the breeze and were two […]