McNaughton lauds revival but he still urges caution
Antrim hurling legend Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton is a past master of shooting from the hip.
Antrim hurling legend Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton is a past master of shooting from the hip.
Armagh have been dealt a major pre-Ulster Championship worry following a twelve-week suspension which has been proposed for manager Kieran McGeeney.
Former Tyrone ace Mattie McGleenan, who played in the 1995 All-Ireland final against Dublin, has certainly been granted plenty of time in which to plan his Cavan team's strategy for their Ulster Championship quarter-final against either Monaghan or Fermanagh on June 11.
They may have entered this contest against a backdrop of acrimony and uncertainty but Down did their talking out on the park by edging past Roscommon in this lively Christy Ring Cup clash at Ballycran.
Antrim's preparations for their forthcoming Ulster senior football championship tie against Donegal have been thrown into turmoil following what the players perceive to be a lack of support from the county board for a squad member who was found guilty of a...
Derry came into this game as red-hot favourites, but were made to fight all the way by a determined Louth side who gave Collie McGurk's side a real fright before fading late on.
Antrim plundered a late 1-3 salvo in the closing minutes of extra-time to deny Carlow a home victory in a breathtaking Christy Ring Cup opener at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday.
Ardal McDermott says his Donegal side 'proved a point' with a nine-point success over Armagh in the Nicky Rackard Cup on Saturday.
Tyrone edged a one-point win away to Monaghan in their Nicky Rackard Cup opening round derby at Castleblayney on Saturday.
Sean Cavanagh sits down to talk in a Croke Park room, dressed just as you might imagine an accountant on a dress-down day. A smart polo shirt. Chinos. Nifty shoes, heading into casual territory.
These are grim times for Armagh hurling. Relegated in the league, weakened by injuries and ripped asunder by Antrim in last week’s Ulster final, Sylvester McConnell’s men will seek redemption when they meet Donegal in the Nicky Rackard Cup at Letterkenny today (2pm).
Two Ulster counties will be involved in the pursuit of All-Ireland honours in different codes this weekend.
The chances of Down bridging the gap back to 2013 when they won their solitary Christy Ring Cup are minimal, according to selector Gary Savage.
Little Muhammad Al Haj Kadour speaks with the diction of a Syrian, but the accent is heading fast for thick west Belfast as he names all his friends on the Michael Davitts hurling team, for whom he made a goal-scoring debut last weekend with the under-10s.
Antrim hurling captain Simon McCrory has admitted the horror of the Saffrons' Christy Ring Cup campaign in 2016 - when they twice let Meath off the hook in Croke Park finals - is spurring them on ahead of their opener tomorrow against Carlow.
Tyrone triple All-Ireland winner Stephen O'Neill is urging fans to get behind Mickey Harte's side as they bid to retain their Ulster Championship title.
In their first five matches of this season's Allianz Football League Division Two, Derry conceded no fewer than 11 goals, yet in their last two against Cork and Fermanagh they managed to keep clean sheets.
Armagh defender Mark Shields is hoping that he will enjoy a change in fortune in the build-up to the Ulster Championship. The Whitecross clubman suffered a calf injury and then a collar-bone fracture that have restricted his involvement with the side of late.
Fermanagh's prospects of producing a shock against Monaghan in the Ulster Senior Football Championship preliminary round have been delivered a blow now that wing-back Declan McCusker could miss the tie because of a hand injury.
The notion that there is no longer any room for dual players on the club front in particular has been robustly rubbished by Antrim joint football boss Frank Fitzsimons.
Kyle Edmund won the battle of the Brits at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with a 7-5 6-1 win over Daniel Evans.
Lee Brennan has certainly given Tyrone manager Mickey Harte more than a gentle nudge in terms of his credentials for selection against Derry in the Ulster Championship after an excellent club performance.
A flippant remark in the wake of the semi-final win over Down by Armagh's Cahal Carvill provided Antrim with all the motivation they needed to wipe out the Orchard County in yesterday's Ulster senior hurling final.
Donegal Under-21 manager Declan Bonner took a sideswipe at the Ulster Council's fixture planners after his jaded side were well beaten by Dublin in Saturday's All-Ireland U21 semi-final.
Derry had to pull out all the stops to ensure their path back to next season's Ulster senior championship after a 1-17 to 1-12 win over Mattie Lennon's Tyrone yesterday in Carrickmore.
The team mentor of Michael Davitts club has hailed the inclusive powers of the GAA, after a young Syrian refugee made a scoring debut for their under-10s in a match against St Gall’s on Saturday.
On a dark night, you couldn't fail to see the enticing lights if you are on the A5, making your way to any destination along the main route from Derry to Dublin.
Forget the worth of the Ulster Championship, says Antrim joint manager Terence McNaughton, and consider instead what kind of a season the average county hurler has.
Declan Bonner leads Donegal into their first Under-21 All-Ireland semi-final since 2010, believing that they are almost at the climax of half a decade's work.
The Slaughtneil contingent are expected to be back in force for Collie McGurk's Derry hurlers this weekend as they bid to take the Ulster Senior Hurling Shield when they face Tyrone in the heartland of Carrickmore (tomorrow, 1pm throw-in).
A 24-hour charity GAA game has officially entered the Guinness Book of Records.
Derry hurling has received the best possible boost after the revelation that Brendan Rogers and Chrissy McKaigue will balance hurling with football at county level.
Down's Paul Devlin has walked off the Mourne senior football panel, with a number of other attacking talents now uncertain to make the Ulster Championship quarter-final clash against neighbours Armagh on June 4.
Down's Ulster Championship hopes have been significantly damaged as, after a raft of recent injuries, Paul Devlin has departed the panel, claiming he feels like "an outcast".
Armagh's versatile Cahal Carvill has urged his team mates to write their own history and become the first side from the Orchard County to claim an Ulster hurling title when they face Antrim in the final on Sunday at Owenbeg (2.30pm).
The Derry football management team of Damian Barton and Brian McGuckin have challenged their squad to reveal their true character and focus even more strongly on creating a winning culture in the forthcoming Ulster Championship.
When free-scoring Declan Coulter moved to take up residence in Donegal towards the end of last year, Armagh's hopes of making an impact on the hurling front this term appeared to have taken a savage blow.
A superb display at midfield during Slaughtneil's victory over Galway and Connacht champions Sarsfields in the All-Ireland senior club camogie final has earned Shannon Graham the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association merit award for March.
Some weeks ago, a Donegal journalist tweeted from a match: "Donegal Under-17 management team refused to give me their starting XV. Worried about other counties getting too much info, apparently."
Under-21 football has always been a difficult proposition. Some counties never take it seriously, devaluing its importance in player development.
Donegal are Eirgrid Ulster Under-21 champions for the first time since Jim McGuinness was manager and Michael Murphy was captain in 2010, after beating Derry 3-17 to 0-13 in the decider last night.
While waiting around the tunnel area for Donegal manager Declan Bonner after his side's Ulster U21 title triumph last night, the dressing room door flew open once or twice to give the techno beats a chance to reach a larger audience.
It is looking increasingly unlikely that Armagh will have any success in their appeal to the Ulster Council to postpone this Sunday's Ulster senior hurling final.
Tyrone hot-shot Damian Casey believes his side can strike a further blow for their hurling credibility when they meet Derry in the Ulster Shield final on Sunday.
You could hardly doubt the satisfaction in Sylvester McConnell's smile as he stood in the middle of the Inniskeen pitch, describing the stirring Armagh comeback.
Galway fired out a warning that they could prove a force in the Ulster All-Ireland Championship by the manner in which they clinched the Allianz League Division Two trophy at Croke Park yesterday.
Armagh's term in Division One of the Lidl Ladies National Football League was ended yesterday by a fired-up Monaghan side who recorded a fine 3-13 to 2-9 victory in a pulsating relegation battle at the Athletic Grounds.
All good things come to an end but not necessarily in the heart-stopping, spellbinding fashion in which Dublin surrendered their virtual ownership of the Allianz Football League in front of 53,000 fans at a captivated Croke Park yesterday.
Managing time, commitments and study is the name of the game for the combatants that head into the Ulster Under-21 football final tonight between north-western rivals Derry and Donegal, at the Athletic Grounds (throw-in 8pm).
Antrim cruised to a comfortable 20 point victory over Donegal in the Ulster Championship semi-final on Saturday afternoon.
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