Clerical bar

Back into the guest slot comes ontheroad who casts a critical eye on the baneful influence that the Catholic Church has had down the years on the footballing careers of its own student priests. For men who at times almost single handedly kept the fires of the GAA alive, the bishops had an almost schizophrenic […]

Mayo, help ourselves

The latest occupant of the guest slot is journalist and, more latterly, scholar Edwin McGreal who expands on the theme about how we should view ourselves as a footballing county before then going on to consider the importance of  more local GAA loyalties. ‘Mayo, God help us.’ My blood boils every time I hear or […]

In a Mayo state of mind

This week I’m delighted to welcome my blogging colleague An Spailpín Fánach to the guest appearance slot on the site where he makes the case for a more positive assessment of our standing in the world of Gaelic football and the need for this to start with a reappraisal of how we view ourselves. There […]

The sacred space

In the guest slot today is GAA journalist and broadcaster Liam Horan, who reflects on the magic of childhood outings to McHale Park.  This article was written by Liam prior to the 2006 All-Ireland final and was read by him on RTE Radio’s Sunday Miscellany programme on All-Ireland final day that year. The poet Paul […]

Peter the Greatest

Opening this series of guest appearances is ontheroad, a long-standing and certainly the most frequent contributer to the comments section on the site, who pays tribute to an almost forgotten Mayo footballing hero. Peter Canavan aka “Peter the Great,” won his well earned All-Ireland medal at 32 years of age in 2003. It was the […]

Different voices

These sure are strange days, what with record low temperatures for the time of year and the national finances going down the tubes and all that, but you’ll be glad to know that I’m not about to launch into a rant about either, especially not the latter.  Instead, I want to let you know about […]