For Galway footballer Gary O’Donnell, Pádraic Joyce is his sixth manager at intercounty level. The Team Stars man has played under Liam Sammon, Tomás Ó Flatharta, Joe Kernan, Alan Mulholland, Kevin Walsh, and now Joyce, so he’s seen his share of turnover on the sideline.
It’s always been Leitrim for New York. Always. They may have given Galway and Roscommon frights in recent times but from the moment they entered the Connacht Championship, Leitrim have been regarded as the Exiles’ greatest chance of making history.
Illness, high temperatures and the threat of Australian aggressiveness could stand in the way of Ireland continuing their 100% International Rules record in Adelaide tomorrow – but captain Aidan O’Shea won’t be making any excuses.
As Joe Kernan keeps his fingers crossed that three of his bug-stricken players will be able to play some part in the first test, the Ireland International Rules manager has underlined the importance of the two referees doing their job tomorrow.
Gary Brennan seldom gets the chance to showcase his outstanding football talents for a national audience. But the Clare captain has won an army of admirers, including International Rules boss Joe Kernan, as the Banner’s footballers begin to rise again.
In just over a week, Kevin O’Riordan concludes a journey he began on August 29. When he kicks over a point on All-Ireland club finals day in Croke Park he’ll have split the posts in each of the 1,616 clubs and 32 county grounds in the country.