JOHN FOGARTY: GAA turn blind eye to own winter training rules

Last week, the Irish Independent reported four counties — Armagh and Laois footballers and Waterford and Wexford’s hurlers — are to lose home advantage for their opening 2019 Allianz League home game after breaching the pre-Championship training camp rule, writes John Fogarty.


JOHN FOGARTY: An open letter to Rory Beggan

Dear Rory,

Sorry. Sorry that we picked you as the best. Sorry that you, Rory Beggan, the best goalkeeper in Gaelic football this past season felt like you almost had to apologise for your expertise. Sorry that if it seemed in any way tainted. That was never the intention.


JOHN FOGARTY: Revamped All-Stars will honour the game’s best

It’s All-Stars week and in the interest of keeping you informed, there is a change in the selection process from last year — an outfield player can be chosen for an award in an area other than the one they were nominated in, writes John Fogarty 

The decision taken by the All-Stars steering committee this year was a means of reflecting just how fluid both games but particularly Gaelic football has become.


JOHN FOGARTY: Liam O’Neill’s stance against violence ages well

Sunday’s mass brawl in Austin Stack Park should at least set one record straight. Just as it becomes clearer that Brexit impacts the entire island and not just the North, the violence at GAA matches is not the preserve of Ulster as much as some would, for the sake of convenience but truly downright ignorance, like to sweep that problem towards the nine counties.

It’s 400 kilometres from Tralee to Newry and yet for the second time in the space of six months, the area around the Austin Stack Park dugouts was a scene of thuggery, writes John Fogarty


JOHN FOGARTY: Clare draw the short straw in both codes

Nobody over-eggs anticipation like World Rugby. The draw for next year’s World Cup in Japan was made last May, a full 803 days before the start of the tournament.

And how pretty it was for Ireland. Never mind that the seeding was premised on form over two years away, Joe Schmidt’s luck was in.


JOHN FOGARTY: New rules highlight football’s identity crisis

Eighteen years ago, Tyrone proposed and succeeded in having a motion passed that there would be a 10-year moratorium on changes to the playing rules of Gaelic football.

Had it not have been for GPA founder Donal O’Neill gatecrashing Congress in Galway, their determination to retain the status quo would have been the headline act of that year’s gathering.


JOHN FOGARTY: GPA playing a long game on professionalism

“Maybe a tax break? Or maybe a two or three month period of the year where players are able to go part time, and they’re given much better expenses to play games. The further they go, the more expenses they get.”

- Philly McMahon, September 2018.


JOHN FOGARTY: It’s not just Red Hands who must clean up act

The injuries sustained by Sean Cavanagh on Saturday were no laughing matter but the timing of the incident in Moy’s senior championship game against Edendork would leave critics of Tyrone football with a wry smile.


JOHN FOGARTY: Dubs can back up the bravado with brilliance

The divided reaction to David Hickey’s interview carried in this newspaper on Saturday wasn’t unexpected.


JOHN FOGARTY: Dub-proofing football is risky business for GAA

The term ‘Tiger-proof’ entered golf’s lexicon after the aforementioned Eldrick Woods claimed the US Masters by 12 shots.


JOHN FOGARTY: Respect for relentless Dubs in short supply

Last week the PwC All-Star players of the month for July and August were revealed.


JOHN FOGARTY: No country for old men in modern intercounty hurling

How to feel your age part I: The Good Friday Agreement is a month older than Kyle Hayes.