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And then there were two. Six counties started out in the Joe McDonagh Cup back at the start of May - Antrim, Meath, Westmeath, Kerry, Carlow and Laois. Two remain to slug out the final on Sunday. Antrim face a relegation/promotion play off with Kildare in Armagh that already has generated rumblings of discontent and Meath are relegated. Next year under the current format, Offaly will join the ranks of the Joe McDonagh with Carlow or Westmeath promoted.
The competition by all accounts showcased some high quality hurling which unfortunately didn’t receive the broadcast coverage it deserved.
The final on Sunday clashes with the Munster hurling final which hasn’t endeared the fixture planners to hurling fans, and with Meath already relegated the hurlers of Antrim face off in Armagh on Saturday against Kildare, the winners of the Christy Ring Cup.
Asking a Cup winning team to play again to secure promotion or relegation has always smacked of afterthought and the
This weekend a few oul lads from both sides of the Fermanagh Donegal border will gather at St Patrick’s purgatory at Lough Derg for a few moments intercession from Man Above. Its pilgrimage season and they combine a trip to Station Island with that other purgatory of supporting the county football team. Some years it goes well, other times its hell on earth crushing disappointment. Of late it hasn’t been too bad for Donegal, but the old timers from Fermanagh are getting to the stage where winning just one Ulster title would do them for their time on earth.
For the men and women from Fermanagh, faithful, brave and bathed in optimism, that first Ulster title is still the Holy grail, not as elusive but you get the feeling that the whole county can move on with their lives if they can just bring the Anglo Celt that short journey back across the border in through Newtownbutler and up through Lisnaskea. Maybe they would go by Roslea. Sure in fact who cares so long as the thing just cro
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.
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
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