Cargin must do better, says Cassidy
Cargin manager Damian Cassidy is not a man to mince his words.
Cargin manager Damian Cassidy is not a man to mince his words.
It was Antrim football manager Lenny Harbinson who got in ahead of the posse in assessing the merits of the proposed introduction of a second-tier All-Ireland Football Championship.
Former Antrim captain Paddy Cunningham is still doing the business at club level with Lamh Dhearg.
Cargin retained their Antrim Senior Football Championship title with a two-point extra-time win over Lamh Dhearg at Corrigan Park on Saturday.
Tony Scullion has an extra-special reason for hoping that Cargin come good in tomorrow's Antrim Senior Football Championship final against Lamh Dhearg at Corrigan Park, Belfast (3.30pm).
This year started on a high for Lamh Dhearg defender Declan Lynch when he was made captain of Antrim.
If such a thing as a 'GAA Bucket List' exists, there's a good chance a visit to the Antrim senior hurling final could make anyone's shortlist.
Ruairi Og, Cushendall have finally booked their place in the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship final following a nail-biting 3-13 to 2-12 win over St John's in yesterday's replayed quarter-final tie at Dunloy.
Antrim football boss Lenny Harbinson could be said to be paying more attention than most to the speculation surrounding the possibility of a Tier Two All-Ireland Football Championship.
The Antrim Senior Hurling Championship is building towards a fascinating climax with Dunloy booking their place in the final by beating Loughgiel yesterday (0-20 to 0-17), while St John's and Ruairi Og, Cushendall must meet again in the other semi-final after finishing all square.
The Antrim Senior Hurling Championship will be stepped up today when Cushendall host Rossa (5.30pm) and St John's meet St Gall's at Corrigan Park (1pm).
It's not often that two Ulster sides find themselves in the running for the same All-Ireland title but this certainly applies to the Lidl All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Championship crown.
St Enda's, Glengormley may have reigned supreme in the intermediate sector last year but they found the cutting edge of the Antrim senior football championship rather too much to bear at the weekend.
Patience is a virtue and St Enda's, Glengormley have had to show this particular quality in spades as they awaited their return to the Antrim Senior Football Championship.
When Liam Sheedy brought his characteristic energy and drive into play while acting in an advisory capacity with the Antrim hurling team last year, he proved an inspiration.
The Antrim county board has launched a robust drive to encourage people from all walks of life to participate in Bowel Cancer UK's 'Walk Together' in Belfast on September 7.
Patrick Durcan can expect to enjoy a volume of support from Ulster when he lines out with Mayo against Dublin in tomorrow's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park (5pm).
Where would we be without what appears to be our staple diet of controversy in the GAA?
When Dominic McKinley, in his then role as part of the four-man Antrim hurling management team, decided to help enlist the services of Tipperary All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy in an advisory capacity for the 2018 season, it proved a progressive step.
Antrim produced a superb second half performance as they came from six points behind to secure the Ulster Junior Championship title with victory over Fermanagh in Clones yesterday.
Antrim ladies football captain Saoirse Tennyson is hoping her team can write a new chapter in their history when they meet Fermanagh in the Ulster Ladies Junior football final at Clones tomorrow (1.30pm).
Hugh McGettigan has given his all to Antrim football for longer than he might care to remember in a variety of roles.
In a week in which Down and Armagh are putting the final touches to preparations for their respective Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cup deciders in Croke Park on Saturday, it seems almost like heresy to suggest that hurling in Ulster is in decline.
Antrim showed tremendous resilience to come back from six down to win by eight points against Louth in Round One of the Qualifiers on Saturday night.
Antrim's hurlers' quest to reach the Joe McDonagh Cup final ended in disappointment on Saturday afternoon as Westmeath emerged eight point winners in Dunloy.
The magical scoring touch of Neil McManus will certainly be required to reinforce Antrim's chances of victory in what is their most important match of the year to date today.
Antrim football boss Lenny Harbinson believes his side have acquired "some positives" from their Ulster Championship quarter-final defeat to Tyrone and can apply them in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier against Louth in Drogheda (7pm).
Sitting in the gantry of Cusack Park, Ennis, the host of The Sunday Game, Joanne Cantwell, said after the opening preliminaries, "It's time for our weekly Joe McDonagh slot", before some well-packaged footage of the Antrim win over Offaly in Tullamore the previous day.
Ulster hurling received quite a shot in the arm over the weekend with four counties - Down, Derry, Armagh and Tyrone - booking their places in the semi-finals of two important All-Ireland Championship tiers.
Down captain Fionnuala Carr today finds herself living in a sporting dreamland now that her team has retained the Ulster senior camogie championship title which they won last year after a 13-year wait.
How times have changed. Thirty years ago when Antrim overcame Offaly in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-final to book their place in the decider against Tipperary, the media had access to the changing rooms afterwards, shared in the fruit and soft drinks that were being dispensed and had the craic with manager Jim Nelson and his backroom team.
Monaghan and Fermanagh will face off in round one of the All Ireland football championship qualifiers.
When Paddy Cunningham led the Antrim team out to face Tyrone in the 2009 Ulster Senior Football Championship final, he knew his side faced into a hard battle.
Ten years ago, Antrim reached the Ulster Senior Football Championship final in which they were beaten by Tyrone.
Gary O'Kane makes no bones about it - if Antrim can get the better of Laois in the Joe McDonagh Cup today then they will take another step towards joining hurling's elite.
Antrim opened their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign with a comprehensive 14-point win over Kerry at Dunloy on Saturday.
Antrim will face Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup at Dunloy this evening (5pm) hoping to get off the mark against a Kingdom side with whom they have had some formidable battles lately.
Antrim manager Sean O'Kane is acutely aware of the considerable threat that sharpshooter Eimear Smyth will pose to his side's chances of success when they meet Fermanagh in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Four final at Clones today (2.00).
Antrim manager Lenny Harbinson will be a more than interested spectator when Tyrone and Derry lock horns in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior Football Championship at Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday week.
Ulster GAA provincial secretary Brian McAvoy has welcomed the fact that five matches in the forthcoming Senior Football Championship will be televised live.
The trickle of players moving away from inter-county squads in Ulster has now morphed into something approaching a flow as the provincial Championship looms ever closer.
Antrim football boss Lenny Harbinson will undertake a scouting mission tomorrow in advance of his team's forthcoming Ulster Senior Championship quarter-final against the winners of the Tyrone v Derry preliminary round tie.
His team may have bid goodbye to their promotion hopes from Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League, but rather than wallow in despondency Antrim manager Neal Peden is focusing strongly on the future.
ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE SENIOR CLUB FINAL
Antrim had hoped to be heading to Ballina with the aim of capturing two points against Mayo tomorrow that would have further bolstered their promotion quest in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League - but instead all they can target is restoring a semblance of pride after what has been a depressing campaign to date.
Tyrone triple All-Ireland winner Sean Cavanagh is urging the side to "shake off the shackles" and adopt a more adventurous approach when they face Monaghan in a must-win Allianz Division One clash at Healy Park, Omagh on Saturday (7.00pm).
It is said that lightning doesn't strike twice but it might be difficult to persuade St Mary's University College coach Gavin McGilly that this is true.
Just as they did two years ago in winning the competition outright, St Mary's University College have to date proved the surprise packet in the Sigerson Cup.
Shane McGuigan has proved an inspirational figure in helping to take St Mary's University College into tomorrow's Sigerson Cup semi-final against holders University College, Dublin.
St Enda's Glengormley manager Frank Fitzsimons is urging fans throughout Antrim and Ulster to get behind his team as they bid to land the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship crown when they meet Kerry and Munster champions Kilcummin in tomorrow's final at Croke Park (1.30pm).
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