Goodbye Mugsy and thanks for all those great memories
They say that in the wrong hands, social media is a dangerous tool.
They say that in the wrong hands, social media is a dangerous tool.
Don't ask how, but I happened upon a blog from publisher Geoff Armstrong last month reporting that for the second year running, no sports book in Australia had sold more than 15,000 copies.
Do you know something? The footballing public of Tyrone never fail to amaze me. On Monday evening I found myself as a guest of the Gaelic Weekly show who were presenting a pre All-Ireland final chat night in The Spirit Store in Trillick.
Tonight, Drumragh Sarsfields GAA club just outside Omagh will be hosting their ever-popular pre All-Ireland final chat night in Sally O'Brien's.
Feeling sorry for Mayo? Well, don't. Not only do they not need your sympathy but they don't deserve it either.
There are a few weekends over the course of the year that bring on the tingles for Ulster GAA fans. The first day of a new season, trying out the Christmas jumpers and coats for the Dr McKenna Cup opener.
Former GAA referees' chief Pat McEnaney has offered a stern defence of officials after Donegal captain Michael Murphy was controversially black carded in his side's defeat to Galway at the weekend, just days after Down's Kevin McKernan had his suspension overturned for accumulating three black cards.
It was one of those press-conference questions that reporters lob into the air, hoping for a line. Asked if he would support Dublin manager Jim Gavin's stance on withdrawing one-to-one co-operation with RTÉ among others following their win over Westmeath, there was plenty of meat on the bone for Mickey Harte at Monday's night's pre-Ulster final press launch.
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb isn't just the title of U2's typically disappointing, plodding eleventh studio album, but also a valid question of dousing the flames of passion that spill over whenever Tyrone and Donegal meet in Championship football.
As we wait for the full judgement on the case of Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan, who admitted to an anti-doping rule violation, what is irrefutable and depressing in equal measures is the behind-the-door nature of how the information emerged.
A little bit of hard news for you at the top of the column; Antrim will be appealing Matthew Fitzpatrick's suspension, having lodged the appeal on Tuesday night.
Under-21 football has always been a difficult proposition. Some counties never take it seriously, devaluing its importance in player development.
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."
The perfect tribute to Colm Cooper's career in the green and gold of Kerry are the highlight reels of his outrageous gifts. Most especially, you will remember him for his goals.
No matter how you might feel about the issue of Brexit, we should all be gravely concerned about the consequences on a number of fronts.
When Slaughtneil boss Mickey Moran writes out his team on paper and begins the process of dissecting what All-Ireland final rivals Dr Crokes will do, he will attempt to enter the mind of opposing manager Pat O'Shea.
We are now 15 years on from the Cork strike, when the hurlers and footballers of the Rebel County downed tools in protest against a regime that they felt - and were subsequently proved correct - were denying them the chance to reach their full potential.
"I have seen, to my disgust, the players draw the crowds, make the money and lose their sweat in many a hard game, while the gentlemen at the head of affairs take charge of the bag and jump into their cars before the match is over to head back to their hotel to count the coin made by the rank and file."
This Friday, St Mary's College take their place in the Sigerson Cup weekend at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence.
The laws of nature dictate that Slaughtneil Robert Emmetts will go no further than this Saturday's All-Ireland Club Football Championship semi-final at Pairc Esler.
It was the smell of a buttery French sponge Madeleine cake that triggered a series of involuntary memories in the author Marcel Proust.
On May 4, 1994, a number of extraordinary men gathered together in London's Grosvenor House Hotel for a jubilee occasion with a difference.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir and the GAA fraternity keeping Santa on his toes.
If there's one thing the GAA All-Stars' experience of touring Dubai and Abu Dhabi teaches us, it's that this is a mass Irish emigration of a distinctly different hue.
At half-time in Sunday’s Ulster semi-final in Newry, something wonderful broke out. Having gone a man down, the players of Maghery marched to their dressing rooms fuming. Up at the top end of the pitch — the Newry River end — the all blacks of Kilcoo huddled up and settled their heart rates.
Derelict stadiums are monuments to failed optimism. At present, Casement Park is such. Last August, a series of pictures were taken by the 'Urbex: Forgotten Ulster' project inside the ground.
True to form, Ronan O'Gara did not skirt the issue when the anomaly of Racing 92 players Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff's doping tests after last year's rugby French Top14 final showed traces of corticosteroids.
Now that the Ulster Council have named Danny Murphy's successor as the new secretary, we look at the chief areas of concern for their appointment, Brian McAvoy of the Burren club in Down...
It was while reading Joey Barton's autobiography last week that a thought struck. The bad boy of soccer offers mitigating circumstances for his sometimes cruel and often bizarre bullying behaviour. But like any bully, there is a repressed sensitivity too. He admits to spending 'crazy' amounts of time searching for his name on Twitter for people abusing him.
Over 82,000 fans at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon watched Mayo and Dublin's battle for the All-Ireland crown end in a draw, meaning they have to do it all over again on October 1.
It was the night of last year's All-Ireland final that the story of Mayo 2016 was born. Or, at the very least, conceived.
It was Paul Galvin's column over the weekend that sent us over the edge.
To mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the GAA, the now-defunct Sunday Tribune compiled a list of the 125 most influential people in the Association in 2009.
In 'Field of Dreams', Thomas Niblock's incredible documentary about life inside the bubble of Crossmaglen Rangers, the outside world got a glimpse of what goes into greatness.
For some reason, the name of Mickey 'The Gun' O'Sullivan has never quite vacated the space of my mind normally cluttered by old landline numbers, the grounds of lower-league English soccer clubs and the starting 15 of the 1997 Championship final losing Tempo Maguires team.
It was a few days before Christmas when the Tyrone squad huddled around the O'Fiaich Cup outside the changing rooms of Crossmaglen Rangers.
Tyrone's Tiernan McCann has revealed how the media outrage surrounding his actions in last year's All-Ireland quarter-final against Monaghan has made him a stronger person.
In January 2014, Mickey Harte attended the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In the week when we are about to see the Christy Ring Cup final replayed because of a refereeing and scoring counting error, it is almost hilarious to consider the context of Armagh's second bite at Laois (scheduled for Portlaoise, July 2, throw-in 3pm).
When Monaghan went for their pre-Championship training break, they had five nights in Portugal, sharing the sun loungers with the Worcester Warriors rugby team.
It wasn't supposed to be like this. Two All-Ireland winning heroes, now in charge of their beloved counties, praying that everything runs in their favour for a qualifiers win this weekend, salvaging something from distinctly underwhelming seasons.
So, that's that then. There will be a Christy Ring Cup final replay this Saturday night in Newry, with the throw-in at 7pm.
Am I on my own in thinking that, in general, Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney gets a fairly rough old time of it?
The most alarming thing about Tyrone's Ulster Championship quarter-final win over Derry is the striking resemblance it bore to Donegal's victory over the same opposition at the same stage of the competition in Ballybofey in 2012.
Let me paint you a picture. It's mid-May. You are a young county footballer in the prime of your life. You might be a student, thinking of the four long months stretching out ahead before you have to report back for another semester.
One bright Saturday last August, Stevey McGeown trotted into Gosford Forest Park in Armagh. The end of the line for his successful bid to complete 100 marathons in 100 days, becoming the first man to do so in Ireland. Time for a modest celebration.
Something caught my eye a few days ago when I was scanning through the Ulster fixtures.
Last Sunday, a fellow journalist turned to me in the press box and asked about Tyrone full-back Ronan McNamee's boots.
This weekend, Armagh ladies have a glorious chance of qualifying for the National League semi-finals, a brilliant accomplishment for Ronan Clarke in his first year in charge.
Sometimes the story is more interesting when you consider the details that have been left out.
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