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SOME ENTHRALLING CLASHES TO BEGIN THE CAMPAIGN

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10 Aug 2023 Comments Off on SOME ENTHRALLING CLASHES TO BEGIN THE CAMPAIGN
SOME ENTHRALLING CLASHES TO BEGIN THE CAMPAIGN

COLM SHALVEY takes a look at the contenders The Monaghan Football Championship season gets underway this weekend with full rounds in the Greenfield Foods SFC, McElvaney Recycling IFC and Universal Graphics JFC. The championships are set to follow a similar format to the last few years, with a round-robin series to be followed by knock-out stages. The top teams in each group will again advance straight to the semi-finals, with second- and third-placed teams contesting quarter-finals, leaving the rest to battle against relegation. We take a look here at the teams ...

CROKER DAY OUT FOR MONAGHAN

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26 May 2023 Comments Off on CROKER DAY OUT FOR MONAGHAN
CROKER DAY OUT FOR MONAGHAN

MAITIU MONAGHAN REPORTS The Monaghan hurlers (PICTURED) survived a second half scare to book their place in the final of the Lory Meagher Cup with a 5-point win against Longford on Saturday. In the first minute, Longford took the lead with a fantastic score from midfielder John Mulhern from near the side-line. Monaghan responded in the best possible way. Just a minute later, Thomas Hughes using his pace to beat his marker before blasting the sliotar into the net to give Monaghan the lead for the first time. After the blistering ...

COLÁISTE OIRIALL A CLASS ACT

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14 May 2023 Comments Off on COLÁISTE OIRIALL A CLASS ACT
COLÁISTE OIRIALL A CLASS ACT

COLM SHALVEY REPORTS Coláiste Oiriall retained the Ulster Schools’ U-19 Ward Cup when they held off the challenge of St. Kevin’s College, Lisnaskea in an entertaining final in Clones last Thursday. A sizeable crowd of supporters for both teams made their way to St. Tiarnach’s Park to create a lively atmosphere that was matched by the action on the pitch. Coláiste Oiriall could call on ten of the panel who won this title last year and they helped to lead the way in an exciting second half where St. Kevin’s carried ...

DERRY PROVE THEY ARE PURE BOX OFFICE

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5 May 2023 Comments Off on DERRY PROVE THEY ARE PURE BOX OFFICE
DERRY PROVE THEY ARE PURE BOX OFFICE

Colm Shalvey Derry’s gameplan was largely built on defensive solidity last year, with their ability to frustrate opponents and hit on the counter making them very difficult to play against, as they demonstrated against Monaghan at the same stage, but they have clearly found another gear going forward. After spending another spring in Division Two and cruising past Fermanagh in the previous round, some doubts lingered over where exactly Derry were at, but their performance in Omagh has seen some parallels drawn between their rate of progress and that of Donegal ...

MONAGHAN AND DERRY BATTLE FOR FINAL SPOT

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28 Apr 2023 Comments Off on MONAGHAN AND DERRY BATTLE FOR FINAL SPOT
MONAGHAN AND DERRY BATTLE FOR FINAL SPOT

Colm Shalvey reports Much talk has centred on the new All-Ireland series format, but for now, staying in contention for a first Ulster SFC title since 2015 will be the focus for Monaghan as they return to Omagh to take on Derry in Saturday’s semi-final. It is, of course, a repeat of the counties’ meeting at the same stage of last year’s provincial campaign, where Derry won en route to ending a 24-year wait for an Anglo-Celt Cup success. Monaghan will be hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself, both in terms ...

REMEMBER THIS STRIKE?

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20 Apr 2023 Comments Off on REMEMBER THIS STRIKE?
REMEMBER THIS STRIKE?

Ryan O’Toole’s dramatic winning goal deep into added time of last Sunday’s Ulster SFC epic against Tyrone may have looked familiar to many who watched him hit the net from a remarkably similar angle in the last round of the league, writes COLM SHALVEY This wasn’t lost on Monaghan manager Vinnie Corey, who said: ”You could have forgiven him for fisting it over the bar for a draw game, but I kinda knew when he was lining it up. He did the exact same thing from the exact same angle ...

VINNIE VINDICATED AS MIGHTY MONAGHAN DEFY THE ODDS

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1 Apr 2023 Comments Off on VINNIE VINDICATED AS MIGHTY MONAGHAN DEFY THE ODDS
VINNIE VINDICATED AS MIGHTY MONAGHAN DEFY THE ODDS

Vinny Corey’s men channelled Rudyard Kipling on Sunday, according to MAITIÚ MONAGHAN, keeping their heads when all doubted them to secure Division 1 survival There are lines from the poem If by Rudyard Kipling: “If you can keep your head when all about you/ Are losing theirs and blaming it on you”. They came to mind on Sunday, as Conor McManus slotted away the last-minute penalty that put Monaghan 2-16 to 0-16 points ahead in Castlebar. As the news from Omagh filtered in that Armagh were losing, the reality of the ...

VICTORY THE TARGET FOR MONAGHAN

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17 Feb 2023 Comments Off on VICTORY THE TARGET FOR MONAGHAN
VICTORY THE TARGET FOR MONAGHAN

Colm Shalvey Monaghan’s search for their first points of the Allianz NFL Division One campaign continues with part one of a home double-header v Donegal in Clones this Sunday. Losses to Armagh and Kerry (in contrasting styles) have left a newlook Monaghan side rooted to the bottom of the table as the only team yet to pick up a point in Division One, but they will be determined to put that right as they bid to maintain their strong recent record against Donegal. Having left a point behind them in a ...

KERRY CAN’T BE STOPPED AS VINNIE LOOKS TO NEXT BIG BATTLE

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10 Feb 2023 Comments Off on KERRY CAN’T BE STOPPED AS VINNIE LOOKS TO NEXT BIG BATTLE
KERRY CAN’T BE STOPPED AS VINNIE LOOKS TO NEXT BIG BATTLE

Both teams were much-changed from their last meeting 11 months ago, but the outcome was all too familiar. Kerry made light of the absence of star names like David Clifford and Seán O’Shea (who left Inniskeen with a combined 3-5) to rack up another impressive tally that must have left managers the length and breadth of the country envying the depth and quality of Jack O’Connor’s panel. On a day where seven of the eight teams in Division One finished goalless, Kerry hit the net three times in the second ...

TRIBUTES FLOW FOLLOWING PASSING OF FORMER GAA PRESIDENT AND MONAGHAN MANAGER SEÁN MCCAGUE

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2 Dec 2022 Comments Off on TRIBUTES FLOW FOLLOWING PASSING OF FORMER GAA PRESIDENT AND MONAGHAN MANAGER SEÁN MCCAGUE
TRIBUTES FLOW FOLLOWING PASSING OF FORMER GAA PRESIDENT AND MONAGHAN MANAGER SEÁN MCCAGUE

A flow of tributes has followed the news of the passing of former GAA President and Monaghan county football team manager Seán McCague. Mr McCague, from Stracrunnion, Scotstown, passed away on Thursday November 24 last at St Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney. He was aged 77. In addition to his achievements as a player, manager and administrator in Gaelic football, he has been remembered as an educationalist and for the role he played in the campaign to preserve services at Monaghan Hospital. Mr McCague is survived by wife Bernie and children ...