The Down County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the GAA. Apart from my family, it has been the greatest influence on my life. There are about 2,500 clubs with well over 40,000 teams being coached by men and women, giving their time to encourage health, fitness and the joy of competition. The latest is in east Belfast and there is no reason why alongside the Glens, the Welders, and the Ice Bowl, the hurlers and Gaelic footballers can’t flourish.
After a miserable 2022 in which they didn’t win a single game, Down have now lost their manager after James McCartan informed the county board last night that he would not be continuing in the role.
Down skipper Meghan Doherty is hoping her side can atone for their opening round defeat to Clare by getting the better of Louth in tomorrow’s All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Group B second round tie at the Clan na gael club complex in Dundalk (2.00pm).
There is nothing to rival your child being born but the satisfaction from sporting success runs a close second. I can trace my three greatest moments of joy back to victories which I played very little or absolutely no part in but those moments will stay with me forever.
Fermanagh minor football manager Raymond Johnston is adamant that his side will face a much bigger task against Donegal in the provincial championship next weekend than they did against Down on Saturday.
The stage is set for the Ulster under-20 football championship semi-finals on Friday night when Cavan and Derry will meet at the Athletic Ground , Armagh and Donegal will cross swords with Tyrone at Celtic Park, Derry. (Both 8.00pm).
Ulster Under-20 football champions Down have already surmounted the first hurdle in the defence of their title by overcoming Fermanagh last weekend, but they expect a much stiffer task when they confront Tyrone at O’Neill’s Healy Park, Omagh tomorrow (1pm).
The misery continues for Down. On a day when the attendance at Pairc Esler, Newry could have been measured in dozens rather than hundreds, a sixth defeat signalled a sombre conclusion to the team’s undistinguished Division Two itinerary in the Allianz Football League.
The Allianz Football League may be regarded as the second most important competition in the annual fixtures calendar, yet on occasions it tends to claim the spotlight from the All-Ireland Championship.
It has often been said that when James McCartan accepted an approach in mid-November to become the Down senior football manager for a second spell, he was digging the county board out of a hole.
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