All-Ireland pennants are very hard to come by so Charleville were overjoyed when they claimed their second win in the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield since 2006 with a heart-stopping 3-2 over Castlebar at a wet and windy Westport.
Jackie Tyrrell might have hesitated about placing the county in Ireland’s top three teams. Yet a later column implied cancellation of the caveat. Tyrrell deemed Limerick’s core emphasis ― “flood the middle third” ― an approach hard to counter.
Croke Cup holders St Kieran’s College will appear in their sixth consecutive All Ireland final at the end of the month as Ballyhale Shamrocks hero Eoin Cody scored eight points (five frees and three from play) in a nervy victory over CBC at the WIT Arena this afternoon.
The same week Stephen Rochford embarked on his first of three underwhelming Connacht championship campaigns with a visit to Ruislip, another manager familiar with some football grounds in London as well as working with top players for a support base craving silverware brought out a book called Quiet Leadership.
As the familiar scene played out – Stephen Cluxton and the Dubs going up the steps of the Hogan Stand while below on the field Mayo men gazed disbelievingly once again into the distance – neutrals above in the press box struggled to catch their breath and process just what they had witnessed.
We all know of folk who keep their Christmas decorations up all year round, to save on the hassle of taking them down. In Kilkenny, they may as well leave their black-and-amber colours on the streets, windows and telegraph poles on a continuous basis because come September (Sept-amber?) it’s likely they’ll be needed.
For most people, the abiding image of the 2003 semi-final clash between Kerry and Tyrone was that epic scene of carnage in front of the Hogan Stand, when time appeared to stand still and the pack of white Tyrone jerseys surrounded and attacked two or three of its prey in green and gold with vicious precision.
As part of the All Ireland Final build up, Electric Ireland, proud sponsor of the GAA All Ireland Minor Football and Hurling Championships, met up with Minor Football stars, Barry O’Sullivan, Kerry, and Tony McCleneghan, Donegal to get their thoughts ahead of this Sunday’s Final.