GAA competition in Ireland
Back in early February, a rough Saturday evening couldn’t stop the former Antrim manager Frankie Fitzsimmons and his long-standing coaching partner Pat Hughes from making a trip down to Newry to see an old friend in action.
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals initially promised much but ultimately delivered little in terms of the real quality that we had all been hoping for.
Derry manager Rory Gallagher’s astute deployment of his substitutes in what has been an explosive surge into Saturday’s All-Ireland football Semi-Final against Galway at Croke Park (5.30pm) has been a key factor in his team’s stunning progress.
The GAA is poised to launch another high-profile disciplinary investigation after yesterday’s historic All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final between penalty winners Galway and losers Armagh was besmirched by an ugly brawl at the end of normal-time.
It’s all happening just now for Armagh ace Aidan Forker. Not only are the Orchard County just 70-plus minutes away from booking a place in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals, but he has just been appointed deputy principal of Our Lady’s Primary School, Tullysaran, just on the Armagh-Tyrone border.
Of all the pitch-side instructions that Derry manager Rory Gallagher issues to his players, the ones that raise a quizzical eyebrow or even a smirk from supporters are those sent the way of captain Chrissy McKaigue.
When former Down boss Paddy Tally was part of the Galway management set-up a few years ago, two words of the many he uttered in his role struck a chord with the Tribesmen’s elite forward Shane Walsh.
Clare football team manager Colm Collins is not known for shouting from the rooftops but in the immediate aftermath of his team’s All-Ireland qualifier defeat of Roscommon, he was only too keen to heap praise on his players after their stunning 2-15 to 1-17 triumph.
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