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Summer dreams

It’s Monday, it’s wet and it’s cold – a triad of misery, in other words. It reminds me of that passage in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds about that bloke who does everything in threes. After a series of threesomes (of sorts), he ends up slashing his wrists three times and then scrawls a message on the wall with his own […]

Ballina win, Mayomen rescue Vincent’s in club action

The provincial club championships are now well underway with plenty of action yesterday. Two fixtures of note (well, they’re the two that I’m going to note) were those involving Ballina Stephenites and my local club here in Dublin, St Vincent’s. Ballina made it through to the Connacht final but their 1-8 to 1-4 win over Sligo champions Tourlestrane sounds like […]

Pleasure amidst the pain

It’s over twenty years since an off-hand remark made to me by a Kerryman put me squarely in my place as to the ambitions I should have in following Mayo’s footballers. The year was 1985 and, although well beaten by Dublin in that year’s semi-final replay, Mayo had performed better on the national stage than at any time since the […]

Got it!

I got my hands on Keith Duggan’s book this morning but this was just before setting out on a 260-mile round trip to Limerick, which I’ve only just completed inside the last hour. I’m positively salivating at the prospect of getting stuck into it – An Spailpín’s review has whetted an already voracious appetite still further – which could mean […]

Keith Duggan’s House of Pain

At last! A book about the sorrowful mysteries of Mayo’s recent footballing history, one with a wholly appropriate title too. Keith Duggan is, IMHO, by some distance the best writer there is right now on gaelic football (far better than that much-hyped, overbearing buffoon, Tom Humphries). Over the years Keith has shown that he understands perfectly what it means to […]