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  1. Sarah Rowe Talks Ladies Football

    Sarah Rowe Talks Ladies Football

    Sarah Rowe started playing football at national school, and she loved the game from the very beginning. She joined the Mayo development squads at the age of ten playing for the county under 12 team, since then playing for the Mayo senior teams was a burning ambition. Sarah joined the senior panel to train when she was fifteen and made her debut a year later. Now one of the most recognisable players in Ladies football, her enthusiasm for the game she loves is clear to see.


    “I started in National school when I was about nine or ten, so I originally started playing soccer first and then moved into the football. I gained a lot of interest from our first manager Hugh Lynn, he really brought me out of my shell. Like, I was interested in other sports like gymnastics, basketball and so on but he really brought it out of me.
    “I would have trained with the lads at school, though we didn’t play together in National school, the boys were separated out. I continued the
  2. Guest Blog: Observations of a Novel Weekend

    Guest Blog: Observations of a Novel Weekend

    By Declan Bogue


    WELL, that was fun, wasn't it?


    On Saturday afternoon as Fermanagh played Armagh, a thousand middle-aged men in were left wailing at the complications of technology as they begged their children to teach them all about the mysterious Goddess that is the BBC iPlayer.


    When they eventually got plugged in and zoned out, what met them was one of the most atypical Ulster Championship matches. Fermanagh played to a rigid system that yielded the right result, aided by; 1) Armagh selector Paddy McKeever earning a red card

  3. Guest Blog: Expect the ground to shake with Enda McEvoy

    Guest Blog: Expect the ground to shake with Enda McEvoy

     By Enda McEvoy


    Limerick pulling off the summer’s first surprise, if surprise it was, at the Gaelic Grounds. Michael Ryan, that most gregarious of men, refusing to talk to the media afterwards before having the sense to change mind and tack the following day. Cork finishing the better to see off a wasteful

  4. The Club Jersey

    The Club Jersey

    The Club Jersey. This weekend the famous old colours will get their day in the sun. Club players stepping on to Croke Park, the latest in line, the first in line, maybe god forbid the last in the line. It showcases all that is great about our club game. Thankfully too the junior and intermediate footballers and hurlers have the same opportunity.

    The Club Jersey. Players have worn it since before the current squad can remember. Who can remember the first time, pulling it on, oversized, overstretched. Maybe with a number on the back in the high twenties as a young lad waited impatiently for a bit of game time.

    The Club Jersey. Running down the years watching dads, brothers, uncles, mums, sisters, and friends pulling on the jersey on a big day. All they wanted was one day to be part of it. A winter’s slog and hard work boils down to one afternoon in Croke Park. Win, lose or draw, memories to last a li

  5. Handball: 2018 Singles Festival

    Handball: 2018 Singles Festival

    The only place for real handball fans this weekend is to spend Saturday at Kingscourt handball club in Cavan where the 2018 O'Neills All-Ireland Singles Finals Festival takes place.

    A feast of handball is guaranteed at the three court venue with a series of silverware up for grabs.

    One highlight of the weekend is the meeting in the Men's Senior Singles Final of Armagh’s Charly Shanks against Martin Mulkerrins of Galway.

    Speaking to defending champion Shanks is all too aware of the threat posed by the Galwayman:

    “Martin is a very strong, very talented player. He plays a very high tempo game so he’s going to put his foot on the pedal and he’s going to go hard. He has a great serve with hook, he can flatten the ball from anywhere in the court and he does it with such power and strength. He’s a complete player.”

    Charly knows himself that playin

  6. Ulster GFC San Francisco

    Ulster GFC San Francisco

    The Ulster Gaelic Club is one of the best-known GAA clubs in North America. It was established in 1987 and since then has grown its base rapidly to provide gaelic games for the Irish community as well as immigrants and locals interested in our games.

    In 2017 All Ireland winning captains Peter Canavan and Dara Ó Cinnéide travelled to San Francisco to help celebrate 30 years and were mightily impressed with the work being done there with underage players. Since 2012 the club has enjoyed a period of success culminating in a remarkable double in 2016 with senior and junior B successes.

    The club colours are Black and Amber, reflecting the colours of Ulster representing the club’s name and reflecting the founders’ interests. Along with O’Neills the club recently updated the crest to celebra

  7. Toronto Gaels Thirty Years a Growing

    Toronto Gaels Thirty Years a Growing

    The Toronto Gaels arose from the ashes of the old Garryowen club in 1987, with men such as Billy Millar, Billy Gilroy and Joe Matthews to the forefront of the new club. Other former Garryowen men, such as the legendary and sorely missed Tommy White (RIP), and Paddy Callan also played crucial roles in the establishment and growth of the Toronto Gaels over the years.

    The club has faced some tough times, struggling for numbers in recent years, and came very close to folding in the 2010 season. Thanks in no small part to the dedication of backroom committee staff including Shane Watters, Sean O’Molloy, Paul Deeney, Greg Callan, and Keith Barry the club battled back and has seen a strong resurgence in the subsequent years. As a result, the squa

  8. Across the Brooklyn Bridge with the Shamrocks

    Across the Brooklyn Bridge with the Shamrocks

    Brooklyn Shamrocks were founded in 1955 and as the only GAA club at the time in the NYC borough, the founders wanted to express their strong Irish identity and connection. To reflect this, Shamrocks was chosen as the name. Initially the club featured a strong Kerry influence but recently there has been an increasing Ulster influence in the club.


    A New York Times edition of January 1, 1902, included an account of a Gaelic football game at Madison Square Gardens between the Kickhams of New York and the Emmets of Brooklyn. This is thought to be the earliest documented recording of Gaelic games being played in Brooklyn.

    The modern day Shamrocks club however was founded in 1955 in the Bayridge / Sunset Park area which contained a very large Irish immigrant population at the time. The earliest chairmen of the club mostly hailed

  9. USGAA CYC Jersey

    USGAA CYC Jersey

    The Continental Youth Championships (CYC) is a United States Gaelic Games Tournament that takes place on an annual basis. Such is its popularity that a CYC jersey is like a badge of honour and rite of passage among young US Gaels!

    The CYC is the biggest tournament of Gaelic Sports Outside of Ireland! And every year the CYC jersey is a real collectors’ item. In 2018 a combined colleges team from New York took part in the Corn na Mac Léinn as part of the Sigerson weekend, many of the players have progressed through participation in the CYC competition over recent years.

    To seasoned followers of Gaelic Games in North America this is no surprise, for each year up to 2,500 children aged U6 to U18 participate in th

  10. Connemara Gaels Keep The West Awake in Boston

    Connemara Gaels Keep The West Awake in Boston

    Connemara Gaels GFC are based in Dorchester just outside Boston and have been providing Gaelic Games to the Irish community in the Boston area since 1961. They are a well-known club in the American GAA community.

    The Connemara Gaels have strong links with County Galway in Ireland, with the majority of members coming from the Connemara region and the link with Galway GAA is obvious.


    The Connemara Gaels club was set up in 1961. The first meeting was held in Doggin’s Pub on Columbia Road in South Boston. The elected chairman was Collie Conneelly from Carraroe in Galway. Pat Lydon from Carna in Galway was the team’s first manager and Collie Folan, from Carraroe in Meath, was the captain.

    Colours and Crest