The Free-Kick Revival

A huge debt of gratitude will be owed to Seán O’Shea and Rian O’Neill in years to come. Both of these guys have demonstrated to the whole country in high-octane moments the importance of having a reliable free-taker capable of putting the ball over the bar when everything is at stake.I have long been an Read more about The Free-Kick Revival[…]

Mayo will have plenty to fear from Tyrone’s ‘Mentality Monsters’

Jürgen Klopp once labelled his Liverpool team “Mentality Monsters”. On the evidence of what we witnessed in Croke Park on Saturday evening, the exact same could be said of Tyrone. They took the mother of all beatings against Kerry just 10 weeks ago in a National League match, and in the build-up to this game, Read more about Mayo will have plenty to fear from Tyrone’s ‘Mentality Monsters’[…]

What do forwards need to do to get proper protection?

I’ve seen it often enough as a spectator and manager and have been on the receiving end of it numerous times as a player. But how many times do we see a forward getting sent off for lashing out at his opponent, having not received any type of protection from officials, which include umpires, linesmen Read more about What do forwards need to do to get proper protection?[…]

The Clash of the Ash – Kilkenny v Tipperary

While I played hurling in my underage days, I wont pretend to know a huge amount about the game. What I do appreciate though is the sheer pace and intensity of the games at this particular level. I enjoy watching the games from the semi-final stage on because this is when we witness the elite Read more about The Clash of the Ash – Kilkenny v Tipperary[…]

The Power of GOAL Setting

The Power of GOAL setting by Jack Bottinger While coaching at my first teaching job, we were fortunate to have gathered a group of excellent students who just happened to play football. It was the custom back in the late ’60s to take the football team to camp for the upcoming season. Well, we were Read more about The Power of GOAL Setting[…]

Gregory McCartan Interview – Credit, The Gaelic Life (Niall McCoy)

He’s man well known for not holding back on his opinions, and former Down star Greg McCartan spoke to Gaelic Life’s Niall McCoy about his memories of his career on and off the pitch   Niall McCoy: You’ve been based in London for a while now but for those that don’t know, can you just Read more about Gregory McCartan Interview – Credit, The Gaelic Life (Niall McCoy)[…]

John Morrison

On Tuesday last, a message was put into an Armagh WhatsApp group from Kieran Hughes notifying us of the untimely passing of John Morrison early that morning. To say that this was such a sad message to get was an understatement. Just a week previous John had sent me a photo message of his latest Read more about John Morrison[…]

Newry Reporter Column 29.01.19

Conor McManus is one of those players that you would pay the entrance fee alone just to watch him play football. He is a class act on and off the field. There are numerous reasons why Conor excels in our game but one of the most important reasons is that he is a thinking man’s Read more about Newry Reporter Column 29.01.19[…]

International Rules – Like it or not

This is the time of year when the International Rules gets its fair share of knockers and doubters towards the game. That’s absolutely fair enough and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. An argument that comes up time and again when the rules is on is why the GAA can’t spend more money on Read more about International Rules – Like it or not[…]

My All-Star Selection

The All-Stars is always a topic that raises much debate this time of the year. The reason for the debate is that it is almost impossible to select the best 15 players in their positions for the year gone by without leaving out players that were just as good, if not better even in some Read more about My All-Star Selection[…]