Knockers

Jose Mourinho fascinates me. Never a player of note, Jose started out as Bobby Robson’s translator at Barcelona. The rest is history. Like most ultra successful people, Jose has the bully’s streak. His great achievements come, often, tainted with cheapness. His treatment of the Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro smacked of chauvinistic boorishness. His undoubted brilliance […]

A bad place for sure

Photo: Connaught Telegraph (Alison Laredo) I spent some time earlier on trying to put together a considered piece on the crisis that erupted into the open inside the last 24 hours but, having since watched the RTÉ News item and then Vincent Neary’s frankly embarrassing interview on Newstalk’s Off The Ball programme, I can see that now […]

Kevin McStay to be named as Roscommon manager

Photo: The Journal It’s been an open secret for some time but the Irish Times is reporting tonight that Kevin McStay will be unveiled, possibly inside the next 24 hours, as the new manager of the Roscommon senior football team. The paper reports that the Ballina native is expected to take on a co-manager role with […]

Tickets, tackling and stuff

As we know from last year, being in an All-Ireland semi-final replay doesn’t give much time to pause for breath. There’s still loads going on and being said about Sunday’s drawn match but Saturday evening’s replay is coming rapidly into view so it’s a case of picking and choosing what to focus on in these […]

Fallout from Kevin Keane’s appeal continues

Photo: Irish Examiner That piece by Sean Moran in this morning’s Irish Times is interesting, stating as it does that the Croke Park suits are reportedly furious that Kevin Keane’s appeal the other night was successful. Kevin wasn’t, of course, the only player to get off the hook at the CHC meeting on Wednesday night […]

Making it up as they go along

Photo: Balls.ie It was a funny old night, as well as a long one, at the Central Hearings Committee last night. It was also a fruitful one if you were appealing anything, with Tyrone succeeding on the double as they had Conor Meyler’s black card from the Monaghan game nullified and, of course, Tiernan McCann’s kangaroo court […]

Sledging

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”. Oh yeah? Well, let me tell you that as a child growing up, as a young man and as a tax serf in later life, words often left me completely bereft. Ireland in recent years has been convulsed with scandal after scandal. Clerical abuse, unmarried […]

Tonight’s open night at MacHale Park

Image: @MayoGAA A very popular addition to the GAA’s annual calendar in recent years is the open night that each county hosts, where supporters young and old can get up close and personal with their heroes. Tonight’s the night for the Mayo GAA one, with the event getting underway at MacHale Park at 6pm this […]

Animals!

Image: stephencreates.com No, not you lot, not those who follow this blog nor the Mayo followers in general. Páidí Ó Sé described, in a 2003 Sunday Independent interview, the Kerry followers as  “the roughest type of fucking animals you could ever deal with”. No ambiguity there. Páidí could have melted down eight Celtic Crosses won […]

Throwing off the blanket

Photo: @ColmGannon One of the main talking points coming out of MacHale Park on Sunday last was the use of the blanket defence by Tyrone. Those of us who have had the game of Gaelic football in our veins for several decades just can’t warm to the use of the blanket defence, especially when it […]