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RULES ARE RULES

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9 Apr 2021 No Comment
RULES ARE RULES

The much-published Covid-19 training rules breach by Dessie Farrell and his Dublin team prompts JACK MADDEN to wonder whether the current fixtureless limbo for Gaelic football is really a level playing field when it comes to scrutiny There is something special about being part of a team. The individual cogs, divided in role, united in purpose. United in commitment, in passion and in desire to achieve. The relationships formed simply cannot be described in words, the bonds that link the chain create a feeling that will always be indescribable to those ...

FUNDRAISERS: WATTERS’ DINER CREATES ‘NUDIE BURGER’ FOR CHARITY

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9 Apr 2021 No Comment
FUNDRAISERS: WATTERS’ DINER CREATES ‘NUDIE BURGER’ FOR CHARITY

COLM SHALVEY Powering over the finish line of their lengthy lockdown challenge, Lough Egish brothers Ciarán, Tony and Breandan Ward have raised over €27,000 in their marathon fundraiser for SOSAD Ireland. Over 95 days of their daily runs at the Aughnamullen GAA complex walking track, the trio covered an amazing 1,700km. Their JustGiving page received donations of more than five times their original target of €5,000 in aid of SOSAD, helping the Irish suicide-prevention and bereavement-support charity to set up a branch in Monaghan Town. Breandan Ward provided us with the ...

THE GAA QUALIFIERS

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on THE GAA QUALIFIERS
THE GAA QUALIFIERS

Colm Shalvey reports This year marks two decades since the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship underwent its biggest structural change in a century with the introduction of the qualifier system, which took place under the presidency of Scotstown man Seán McCague, who of course led Monaghan through the successful era of the late 1970s and ‘80s. Those heady days were a distant memory for Monaghan by the turn of the century and the first few years of the qualifiers would prove to be dismal for the county. A heavy loss to Armagh ...

A GRAIN OF RICE CAN TIP THE SCALES

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on A GRAIN OF RICE CAN TIP THE SCALES
A GRAIN OF RICE CAN TIP THE SCALES

JACK MADDEN talks to Shane Rice, the Scotstown fitness coach negotiating an exciting career path through the uncharted waters of the global pandemic A global pandemic-driven re-evaluation of life brought about many changes in people’s lifestyles. Unemployment was surging and schools were closed. We soon realised the only thing worse than no time was too much of it. Enclosed within the four walls of our own homes, doing the shopping became a weekly highlight. Soon the word “virtual” was virtually unavoidable. Online interaction, for all its faults, provided an escape hatch. ...

MARK BACKS GOLF RETURN

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19 Mar 2021 Comments Off on MARK BACKS GOLF RETURN
MARK BACKS GOLF RETURN

Colm Shalvey reports The return of non-contact sports training for children, along with a re-opening of golf (PICTURED) and tennis for all ages, are under consideration as part of the Government’s plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions next month. The Government’s plan for managing the virus, The Path Ahead, commits to cautiously beginning to ease restrictions in April. Golf Ireland last week released its fixture list for 2021, planning to adapt to the delays by starting the championship season no earlier than the end of May. Mark Wehrly, Director of Championships with ...

HAT-TRICK HAS SHABRA STABLES IN SPOTLIGHT

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5 Mar 2021 Comments Off on HAT-TRICK HAS SHABRA STABLES IN SPOTLIGHT
HAT-TRICK HAS SHABRA STABLES IN SPOTLIGHT

Colm Shalvey reports Togoville’s record at the venue for owner Patrick McCann, trainer Anthony McCann and jockey Conor McGovern. Having made it a ‘lucky 13’ wins at Dundalk Stadium the previous week, 11-year-old Togoville added to that list by holding off nearest challengers Jered Maddox and Oh Purple Reign in the ‘Join Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium’ Handicap last Friday. It made for another successful evening at Ireland’s only all-weather racecourse for trainer Anthony McCann of Shabra fame and Clones jockey Conor McGovern, who guided the 4/1 joint-favourite to a third win ...

ADAPTATION NATION: GAA CONGRESS

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5 Mar 2021 Comments Off on ADAPTATION NATION: GAA CONGRESS
ADAPTATION NATION: GAA CONGRESS

To a mundy backing track, JACK MADDEN runs the rule over decisions taken at the 2021 GAA Congress and finds “some necessary, some strange and some in-between” … GAA Congress 2021. It is that time of year again. This time Larry McCarthy of Cork was announced as President of our 137-year-old association. His appointment coincided with the sudden appearance of experts nationwide, the commencement of debate from Derry to Kerry. Here we go again. The rolling stone of the GAA gathers no moss. For all its faults, 2020 gave us space ...

MONAGHAN SPORTS PARTNERSHIP – 0-3K WALK TO JOG BEGINNER PROGRAMME

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18 Feb 2021 Comments Off on MONAGHAN SPORTS PARTNERSHIP – 0-3K WALK TO JOG BEGINNER PROGRAMME
MONAGHAN SPORTS PARTNERSHIP – 0-3K WALK TO JOG BEGINNER PROGRAMME

Monaghan Sports Partnership is launching an exciting new programme, starting Monday the 1st March. This is a FREE 6- week programme which is suitable for all ages and is ideal for complete beginners, and anyone who wishes to increase their walking fitness and progress to jogging with relative ease with the help of podcasts from an experienced coach. It is a simple progressive programme that begins with more walking than jogging, and gradually evolves into more jogging than walking over a 6-week period. Participants will receive two podcasts and session ...

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 CRISIS: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

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18 Feb 2021 Comments Off on CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 CRISIS: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 CRISIS: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it … JACK MADDEN makes a case for continuity when it comes to staging the Ulster Football Final at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, the “living room”of the sport’s provincial spiritual home In my memory, I will always see, The town that I have loved so well As the late Luke Kelly brings the words of Phil Coulter to life, he is as much Derry as he is Dublin. Reminiscing on the good times, before the “tanks and guns”. Days when there was “music there ...

LOCKDOWN “A DIFFICULT TIME” SAYS NEW CHAIRMAN

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18 Feb 2021 Comments Off on LOCKDOWN “A DIFFICULT TIME” SAYS NEW CHAIRMAN
LOCKDOWN “A DIFFICULT TIME” SAYS NEW CHAIRMAN

Colm Shalvey reports Chairman Declan Flanagan admits the extended delay to the return of Gaelic Games activity did not come as a surprise and that it provides further headaches to fixture planners for 2021 at club and county level. The GAA revealed last week that Government representatives have clarified that inter-county Gaelic Games activity is not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports. This means that a return to intercounty training or games is not permitted under the current restrictions, with the GAA Covid Advisory Group outlining that ...