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  1. 2019 Club Semi Finals: Intermediate Football

    2019 Club Semi Finals: Intermediate Football

    Lightning strikes twice did they say? Two Mile House, four years apart. Winning Kildare and Leinster that is. 2014 and 2018. A Junior and now an Intermediate championship. But first there’s the challenge of Kilcummin. There’s stories and character round this team you wouldn’t believe! A man with a Kerry father called Caomhán Doolan, playing a provincial final and racing off for an exam still in his playing gear; an Old Timer and All Star in Peter Kelly and the inspiring words and resolute determination of Adam Burke. And what about the bizarre theatre of Didier Cordonnier, was he or wasn’t he sent off because of his name? All roads from Two Mile House lead to the Gaelic Grounds. Kilcummin await.

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  2. 2019 Club Semi Finals - Intermediate Hurling

    2019 Club Semi Finals - Intermediate Hurling

    St Galls. Runners up in this competition the year they won their historic football All Ireland. Always a dual club. Any club from the Glens will tell you the Milltown men always give it everything. Antrim senior finalists in 2014. Ten All Ireland campaigns in fifteen years. Sevens specialists in football too. Men like CJ and Kieran McGourty, Aodhan Gallagher, Karl Stewart and of course Sean and Conor ‘Je Suis Burkey’ Burke. Led by the indomitable Mickey Culbert, St Galls stalwart. Goals from CJ and Sean McAreavey steered a course to their second Ulster Intermediate hurling championship. In Ulster it was a late late Tómas Ó’Ciaran free that kept them in the match against Derry’s Swatragh before CJ McGourty - who else? - finished the argument with an extra time goal. Can they emulate their county compatriots O’Donovan Rossa who won the title in 2015? Bragging rights in Belfast up for grabs.


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  3. 2019 Club Semi Finals: Junior Hurling

    2019 Club Semi Finals: Junior Hurling

    Cloughduv is one of the oldest Hurling Clubs in Cork. With the first recorded match in the parish dating back to the time Cusack and the lads met up to set up the GAA Cloughduv had already been going around twenty years! One of their early successes was in winning the wonderfully named County Senior Beamish Shield. Winning the championship in 2018 meant the winter just got shorter and better for Cloughduv, after this superb victory in the Munster including nine points from Brian Verling. On their maiden voyage in this championship, the Cork and Munster champions...


    So hand me down my hurley

    And Jersey Green and Gold

    The cry has come

    Come on Cloughduv

    Think of the days of old.


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  4. 2019 Club Semi Finals: Junior Football

    2019 Club Semi Finals: Junior Football

    Easkey GAA. The Sea Blues. Coast home in Connacht? Certainly not in the cliffhanger final where Ryan McKenna’s late equaliser got them over the line. Just. Clonbur scores 1-8 to reel in an eleven point deficit when Easkey looked to be on the crest of a wave. Managed by club legend and Sligo Stalwart Dessie Sloyan, veteran of memorable Sligo campaigns in the 000s, Easkey went about winning the hard way and looked to be on the rocks. But for a place with two reef breaks, rocks only add to the excitement. We’re talking surfing of course, and Easkey, is one of Ireland’s most popular surfing destinations in Ireland. When waves break over rocks, they are known as reef breaks. Easkey has two reef breaks - one to the left, just by the river mouth and another to the right, east of the castle. Making waves is nothing to these guys. Everybody’s got a feeling, Surfin’ all the way?    


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  5. Ulster GAA Conference on Coaching the Coaches

    Ulster GAA Conference on Coaching the Coaches

    For 200 local coaches eager to learn, Cookstown was the place to be in November as the 15th O’Neill’s Ulster GAA Coaching and Games Development Conference took place in the Glenavon Hotel.


    The theme of the 2018 conference will focus on the Player Development Pathway. The latest event from the Ulster GAA coaching team highlighted once again the need for continuing coaching to keep our amateur club coaches up to speed on the latest thinking and ideas in preparing players to be the best they can be. Ulster GAA’s coaching director Dr Eugene Young said:


    “We were delighted with the attendance of 230 coaches at the conference. It shows there is still an appetite for learning and it bodes well for the future development of our young players and the next generation of GAA players. Coaches want to learn so that they know how to do the right work with players at the right age group.


    “I want to th

  6. Plus500 Brumbies to Partner with O'Neills

    Plus500 Brumbies to Partner with O'Neills

    The Plus500 Brumbies are delighted to announce a new partnership with kit manufacturer O’Neills which will see the firm become the Official Apparel Supplier of the club.
    Under the partnership O’Neills and the Brumbies will launch a new range of match apparel including home and away jersey’s with O’Neills also providing all elements of Brumbies staff and player’s official teamwear. They will, of course, also cater for fans with official club merchandise.

    O’Neills is a brand rich in heritage, renowned for being the largest sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland since being founded in 1918 and launched in Australia in 2015.
    O’Neill’s has an international reputation for providing the highest quality clothing and manufacture from their own fabrics allowing them to specially design garments to meet the short delivery dates dictated by the market. They will customise garments in their em

  7. Ten Reason Why The Club Championship Is Special

    Ten Reason Why The Club Championship Is Special

    The GAA says the club is the most important unit of the Association. It’s where we start and where we end. The highlight of the Club year is the championship and if you’re lucky enough to be involved at the business end it can be a truly special time for players, supporters, mentors and the wider community. But why?


    The Club Jersey
    You’ve lived with that jersey since you were a youngster, the older players you looked up to wore the same club jersey as you did. Seeing it now on the big day, brings a lump to the throat.


    The Buzz in the Local Paper
    Seeing the lads in the paper, the slagging, the made up profiles... First medal won? Men’s Wimbledon Singles. Biggest Influence On Your Career? Tony Hawk. We get to know who has the biggest collection of cosmetics in the kitbag, who snores, who is a

  8. Record Breaking Ladies Gaelic Football

    Record Breaking Ladies Gaelic Football

    In September 2018 the All Ireland Ladies Football final attracted a record attendance to Croke Park of 50,141 people to watch the players of Dublin, Cork, Meath, Tyrone, Limerick and Louth contest the Senior, Intermediate and Junior All Ireland Finals. It was a festival of football, full of colour, noise and spectacle. It was also packed with skill; athleticism and passion from six highly motivated and dedicated teams of ladies footballers.

    Attendances for the ladies football final have been rising incrementally over recent years but to put the most recent final in perspective, the attendance is greater than the 23,771 full house that watched the recent headline grabbing Naomi Osaka / Serena Williams US tennis open final, and for women’s sport, the event comes close to the 53,341 who were at the women’s soccer World Cup Final in 2015. Mayo ladies footballers along with Ulster LGFA teams like Antrim, Armagh, Derry and Donegal ladies have played th

  9. The Underdogs and The Greatest Underdog of All

    The Underdogs and The Greatest Underdog of All

    There is a symmetry this week with the return of The Underdogs to our screens and the retirement of the biggest and best Underdog of them all. The one and only Kieran Donaghy of Kerry.


    Had the programme not returned to our screens, Star’s presence on it and success as its most high profile graduate would perhaps have been a footnote in his retirement story, but the return of the iconic show with the iconic jersey has sparked the curiosity of many GAA viewers too young to remember it the first time around.


    Aside from Donaghy a number of other notable GAA figures have featured on the show. Looking back now the Underdogs was an unusual addition to our screens at the time, a reality TV light shone on the GAA we know so well.


    There was a certain innocence about them playing the Dubs and then Kerry with both county teams fielding a reasonable number of established stars in games which took place in mid December. Am

  10. All Ireland Final: Hacked Off, Psyched Up

    All Ireland Final: Hacked Off, Psyched Up

    By Declan Bogue


    PERHAPS the one thing that amazes sportswriters when people ask about their job - which is quite often because, y'know, it's not accountancy or anything like that - is the most popular inquiry is 'do you get free tickets for all the games?'

    The second most amazing thing comes straight after when you say yes, yes you do and the reaction is always one of open-mouthed disbelief and a declaration that - HOT DAMN! You are one lucky son of a gun. 

    On weeks like this, sure it is. You take a comfortable seat with free wifi, a television screen in front of you for replays and get to watch one of the greatest shows on earth play out. And that's your day's work. 

    Mustn't complain. Mustn't complain. Mustn't complain. 

    Sorry! Complaint: They don't see how we live. Desperately pleading with the ground steward in Celtic Park for another five minutes of the lights kept on while we finish a McKenna