1. Club Finals Super Sunday

    Club Finals Super Sunday

    What’s better than two GAA matches on a Sunday? Twenty! Sunday was all about the club finals, with twenty being decided around the country. We saw gasping last-minute equalisers, early goals, unlikely comebacks, and resounding wins. One thing is for sure when a player pulls on their club jersey in a county final, they aim to pull out all stops to lift the silverware after the final whistle. Heartbreak, passion, prayers and powering to glory, this weekend had it all.


    Play it again

    Ballybofey played host to a tense affair between Naomh Conaill and reigning Ulster champions, Gaoth Dobhair. Points from Niall MacAoidh and Gavin MacGiolla Bhride gave the reigning Ulster champions Gaoth Dobhair a two-point lead coming down the home straight, but the Glenties men weren’t giving up that easy. A free from Eoghan McGettigan and an almighty kick from a 45 by Thompson sent the match to a replay next Sunday.  

  2. O’Neills GAA Jerseys Appearing in Unexpected Places

    O’Neills GAA Jerseys Appearing in Unexpected Places

    O’Neills GAA jerseys have been spotted in some very unexpected places throughout the years. But it’s not just GAA fans who have been snapped in their O’Neills jersey, the celebrities are getting in on the action too! 

    Ed Sheeran and his Multicoloured Jerseys

    Although Ed was born in England, he has strong Irish roots. The chart-topping sensation’s grandmother was from Wexford, so it wasn’t surprising when he stepped out in front of 80,000 fans in Croke Park wearing a personalised Wexford jersey. In 2018, he donned Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the Cork GAA jersey to the absolute delight of the 40,000 fans who watched on. Moving his tour onto Galway, he thrilled fans

  3. Cúltec, the Next Generation of Hurling Sticks

    Cúltec, the Next Generation of Hurling Sticks

    Do you know the heartbreak of your favourite hurl breaking while you’re at peak performance in an important match? With the ability to knock you off your game, why let something so trivial continue to happen? It can often mean the difference in getting that final point to win the match. However, Cúltec is leading the way in the next generation of hurling sticks. The Offaly based company has brought a new synthetic fibreglass hurl to the market which is much stronger than the traditional ash hurl.

    Why Choose a Cúltec Fibreglass Hurling Stick?

    Approved by the GAA, the Cúltec hurl is the perfect tool in the hands of any hurler or camogie enthusiast. The synthetic hurley is hallow from the handle to the bás, with a cork in the bás to give a large sweet spot. It encompasses premium touch, strike and balance to be used by all levels

  4. Tribe Return to Face the Dubs in Senior All Ireland Ladies Final

    Tribe Return to Face the Dubs in Senior All Ireland Ladies Final

    Sunday's TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Final brings together the novel pairing of Galway and Dublin to Croke Park, with the Jackies going for their third consecutive Brendan Martin success. Galway are seeking their second title having defeated Sunday's opponents in 2004 on a score of 3-8 to 0-11. With the Camogie team having powered their way to a fantastic win and the ladies semi-final victory over Mayo, completing a championship double over their nearest rivals, optimism is high in the West that this young emerging team can provide a shock.

    The manner of their win over Mayo will have given great confidence to the Tribes' women. Mairéad Seoighe got Galway off to the best possible start hitting a goal on three minutes and a second on the fifteen-minute mark. Mayo, ever resilient, put Galway to the proverbial pin of their collar, reeling in the deficit with goals of their own and took the lead in the second half. The sides were level coming down the home stretch with three

  5. Play it Again Sam

    Play it Again Sam

    This Saturday Kerry and Dublin embark on the second part of their latest drama. For both panels a date with fate in Croke Park awaits. Another classic? Extra time? An unlikely winner? History repeating itself? It’s the oldest and most enduring rivalry in football. Soaked in history. One for the purist, a case of play it twice, Sam, for old times' sake.


    A Beautiful Friendship

    Whatever happens, with a young Kerry team on the rise and a Dublin team blending emerging players with established stars, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship over the next few seasons. Certainly, the Kingdom looks best placed to pose a consistent threat to this brilliant Dublin outfit. A browse through the papers shows pundits and former players seeking ways and means to spot the cracks in Dublin. There aren’t many. Normal service could resume on Saturday.

    As time goes by, since the first match, the expectations are that Dublin will change their

  6. How will the boys in blue create the next chapter?

    How will the boys in blue create the next chapter?

    The other day in an interview Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley professed not to know how many consecutive All Ireland’s Dublin has won. MDM mustn’t read the papers or watch the television because as the championship has progressed the talk of the Dublin quest for another consecutive All Ireland is all around us. In every break in the game. He’s good craic anyway is MDM.


    We’ll Remember Dublin from these Rare Times

    Irrespective of the outcome on Sunday it is hard to argue that we have ever seen a better team and panel. As a team they are exceptional, they have evolved in their movement, their use of the ball, their kicking of the ball, all under Jim Gavin’s ever watchful eye.

    The decision making on the pitch is uniformly excellent. The exploits of the Dublin bench are so exemplary they are taken for granted. Consider the likes of Con O’Callaghan. If Dublin win Con will have won four all Ireland

  7. Kerry’s Tommy Walsh Back in Gold for Sunday?

    Kerry’s Tommy Walsh Back in Gold for Sunday?

    This summer Tommy Walsh is back to gold again and playing with real purpose. He was a real handful in winning the ball and turning the tide against the Red Hands. The question this weekend is, should he be given a starting Kerry jersey, as the Kingdom bid to stem the blue wave.

    His former partner in the Twin Towers Kieran Donaghy is adamant that “he has got to start the final for Kerry. You got to go with your size, with your big guys. He’s an experienced player and a leader in the dressing room.”

    Tommy Walsh? He’s 6ft 6in and has created scores and space against Tyrone. The question now in Kerry is what he can do against Dublin. Walsh, Clifford, Stephen O’Brien, Sean O’Shea and Geaney in a forward line. It could get interesting. If he doesn’t start, the danger is that by the time he comes in, the damage could be done. Exhibit A; Andy Moran for Mayo. 


    From Kingdom Come and Australia Bound

  8. 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 for a

  9. 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

  10. Play it Again in Ulster

    Play it Again in Ulster

    This weekend we see both Ulster Football Championship semi final replays. They will be observed by afar from many with a degree of disdain. Ulster football. Ulster football to the uninitiated is considered a sort of faction fight with an O’Neills football thrown in for good measure.

    But for the diehard Ulster football aficionado, a good tight match in Ulster is the highlight of early summer. And don’t be surprised this weekend if both matches attract a decent crowd, as all four counties, Tyrone, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal approach the games optimistically. The two Ulster semi finals have been the best games this summer so far.

    In 2014 Dublin GAA and Kerry GAA