Comment: Antrim GAA needs stability to flourish like Belfast boxing
What a night it was in the SSE Arena for Belfast sport last Saturday night.
What a night it was in the SSE Arena for Belfast sport last Saturday night.
For some, the sight of numerous Dublin players - male and female - with their All-Ireland Cups in Fenway Park, Boston for the Super 11's hurling exhibition was the last straw.
Criticism of the absence of Dublin players from the Irish International Rules squad in Australia should be set against the context of Richmond Tigers, the reigning AFL champions, not being represented on the Australian squad either, St Loman's and Westmeath's John...
Former All-Ireland-winning manager Peter McGrath believes the GAA are guilty of being hypocritical after they decided to kill off the Railway Cup.
Barry Fortune slotted in Cavan Gaels’ fifth goal to finally subdue Derrygonnelly and fire his side into their first Ulster final in 40 years.
It used to be a familiar ritual at the end of International Rules series, checking in with the GAA and AFL to ascertain if it had a future.
The All-Ireland dream has been put on ice for St Macartan ladies as they fell to a power-packed display from Mayo's Carnacon at Fr Hackett Park in Augher yesterday.
Tattyreagh's hopes of becoming the second Tyrone club to contest an Ulster final were dashed when they fell to Donegal intermediate champions Naomh Colmcille by the narrowest of margins (2-7 to 1-9).
So confident was St Macartan's ladies' captain Joline Donnelly that they were finally going to get the better of All-Ireland champions Donaghmoyne in the Ulster club final, that she had a lengthy acceptance speech prepared.
Conall Jones of Derrygonnelly Harps and Fermanagh was born in 1992, the same summer that his current team-mates Kevin Cassidy and Dermot 'Peggy' Feely, along with current manager Martin 'Archie' Greene, made their debut for the club in purple and gold.
Tattyreagh manager Stephen McHugh is urging his side to go through their paces in more ways than one when they confront Donegal champions Naomh Colmcille in tonight's Ulster Junior Football Championship semi-final at Celtic Park, Derry (6.30pm).
Jonathan Parr has long since come to terms with his dual role of preventing goals with one team and potting points with another.
International Rules history shows two clear trends, neither of which are encouraging for Ireland as they head into the second Test against Australia in Perth tomorrow (8.45am).
It's doubtful if any player currently involved in the Ulster club championships is relishing the progress his side is making more than Tyrone ace Harry Loughran.
A shake-up at the top within Antrim could be on the way now that Dunloy club dynamo Jim McLean has intimated that he will be opposing the sitting incumbent Collie Donnelly for the role of chairman.
It was a former Ballinderry coach, Charlie Conway, who was the first to label Enda Muldoon 'The Big Easy'.
It was after the Moy's Ulster semi-final win over Newbridge that Sean Cavanagh - he of three All-Irelands and five All-Stars - revealed he is in the grip of something addictive.
Slaughtneil ace Karl McKaigue doesn't avoid the assertion that the club's footballers are under serious pressure now that their dream of a 'double treble' is getting ever closer.
Derrygonnelly Harps are set to be without attacker Leigh Jones for Sunday's Ulster Club Senior Championship semi-final replay against Cavan Gaels.
BBC's Adrian Chiles is a man best known for talking about sport - but playing it? Not so much.
The 'Double-Treble' or the 'Treble-Double', nobody quite knows what to call it, but Slaughtneil are just an hour's football away from defending their Ulster titles in football, hurling and camogie after they came through a difficult test, rising to the Kilcar challenge...
Derrygonnelly Harps and Cavan Gaels will have to do it all over again after they played out a 0-12 to 0-12 draw in Clones yesterday.
Conor McManus was in 'glass half full' mode as the Irish team flew from Adelaide to Perth early this morning, despite Ireland allowing Australia to build a commanding lead in the race for International Rules supremacy.
Sean Cavanagh today finds himself basking in what he refers to as "a timely hat-trick," following Moy's surge into the Ulster club football intermediate championship final where they will meet Rostrevor.
Newbridge manager Paddy Bradley knows a thing or two about compiling impressive individual score totals having been Derry's top scorer for the best part of a decade, but tomorrow he will look to Eamon Burke and Kevin Sweeney to hit the jackpot when his team confront Moy in the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final.
Every life is full of sliding door moments, but consider how Joe Kernan's choices have impacted Armagh football.
An interesting graphic popped up on Twitter via the @GAA_Stats handle this week.
Ulster Senior Club Championship semi-final
Tattyreagh marksman James Darcy faces into a big challenge when his side meet Naomh Colmcille (Donegal) in the Ulster Club Junior Football Championship semi-final at Celtic Park, Derry tomorrow (2.30pm).
Kildare midfielder Kevin Feely franked his reputation as a midfielder of outstanding quality with an excellent performance against Dublin in the Leinster final and is now facing an even bigger challenge against the elite of the AFL in Adelaide on Sunday.
There are few things in the GAA that prompt opinions as strong and as varied as the International Rules series.
A triple plus-factor boost has served to further heighten Slaughtneil's resolve in advance of Saturday's important Ulster senior club football championship semi-final against Donegal aces Kilcar at Healy Park, Omagh (6.30pm).
Ireland manager Joe Kernan has thrown down the gauntlet to his players ahead of Sunday's first International Rules test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval (6am UK time).
It was one of those factors that is seldom considered during the agonising task of selecting the All-Stars team, which took place in Croke Park last Wednesday.
Take a long hard look at Joe Kernan's backroom team for the upcoming International Rules series, for it's unlikely that any Ireland management team will carry such an overwhelming Ulster influence.
Asked if his first All Star brings him some parity in the sibling rivalry with elder brother Sean, Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh delivers the quip: "Between me and Sean, we have six All-Stars. That will do us in the household. I don't think I will be hanging around that length of...
Setanta won their first ever Ulster Junior Hurling title thanks to a high-octane win over Na Magha in Ballybofey yesterday.
The Clogher Valley was the place to be on Sunday night as St Macartan's downed Donaghmoyne - targeting a third successive All-Ireland title - to win the Ulster senior ladies' football Championship in sunny Emyvale.
A superb goal from the lively Barbara Ward proved crucial in helping Monaghan and Ulster intermediate ladies football champions Corduff overcome Kerry Kingdom Gaels in a thrilling All-Ireland quarter-final at Ruislip, London at the week-end.
He may have three Celtic Crosses along with a couple of county titles for Dromore won as a player, but there was no disguising the deep satisfaction Ryan McMenamin derived from leading St Macartan's to this Ulster title.
The GAA club accused of ostracising a player after he joined the police has responded saying it has been made subject of "undeserved controversy".
The immediate reaction for most after seeing what the All-Stars selection panel come up with, is to beg the question of how on earth could they have left out player x, y and z?
If Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher should need an example of what his new selector Ryan McMenamin brings to a team environment, he would have found it last Saturday in Kilkeel.
Na Magha have certainly been chalking up the scores on their way into tomorrow's Ulster junior club hurling championship decider in which they will meet Donegal champions Setanta at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey (2.30pm).
Eva Woods could find herself coming in for close attention from the Kingdom Kerry Gaels defence when she lines out with Ulster champions Corduff in today's All-Ireland quarter-final at the newly-refurbished Ruislip grounds in London (2pm).
It was inevitable, of course - the silent revulsion that followed the highlighting of Peadar Heffron's terrible injuries once again and the perceived code of omerta on the part of elements of the GAA that followed it.
Heartbroken team-mates of a Co Armagh man who died in a car crash in the Republic formed a guard of honour as he was laid to rest yesterday.
New Antrim football boss Lenny Harbinson has just received further confirmation as to how difficult it will be to steer his side onto a successful path next year.
Two men whose paths often crossed during their respective playing careers are gearing up for an intriguing showdown in the forthcoming Ulster club football intermediate championship semi-finals.
Sitting in the main stand of Breffni Park on the first Saturday of April 2011, hours before the crowds arrived for a National Football League game between Cavan and Louth, my phone buzzed.
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