Football life without former captain and talisman Gary Brennan will be a huge challenge for Clare in the 2020 Allianz League, but manager Colm Collins is bullish about the Banner County’s prospects of holding their own in Division 2 for a fourth successive year.
When Neil Armstrong took his fateful 'one small step' almost exactly 50 years ago, it was the culmination of an extraordinary effort that had begun back in 1961 when President Kennedy vowed that America would land a man on the moon before the decade was out.
Cork have not reached the last eight of the championship since 2014, falling at the fourth-round hurdle each summer since. But irrespective of who Cork are pitted against on this occasion, McCarthy is adamant that his team are well capable of progressing to the Super 8s.
When the conversation turns to his preferred championship structure, Clare football selector Enda Coughlan quickly shows himself to be at one with the man who drafted him into the county’s backroom team little over a year after he’d hung up his boots.
Last October when some of the country’s most enquiring coaching minds and leading service providers attended the HPX High Performance conference out in Sport Ireland’s fabulous new campus in Abbotstown, a number of the best operators working in inter-county hurling fell into each other’s company during a tea break.
Today’s Sigerson Cup final should provide Damien Comer’s seventh start in 25 days but who’s counting? Three wins for NUI Galway in the competition and another three with the county in Allianz League Division 1 underlines what a fruitful start it’s been to 2018 for the Annaghdown forward.
In this extract from the Atlas of the Irish Revolution,writes that Michael Collins’s intelligence operations had a reputation for omniscience and, though this was not the case, the myth became a political weapon.