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[…]

The Greatest of all time

As a player, the one game I loved to play in most was always against Dublin. I have two main reasons for this. The first is because we had the upper hand on them in most of our matches and we just knew what it took to beat them. The second reason is simply because Read more about The Greatest of all time[…]

Moments of pure footballing brilliance

We are now getting to the stage of the championship where a moment of pure brilliance from an individual can make the difference in a team getting over the line. A moment from an individual that inspires his team-mates, a moment that sparks life into the crowd, those jaw-dropping moments that you say that in itself was worth the admission Read more about Moments of pure footballing brilliance[…]