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Laochra Gael featuring David Brady on this Thursday

In these sports-starved pandemic days, the only sporting action that’s on television is of the golden oldie kind. In that vein, TG4’s long-running Laochra Gael programme – this is its 18th series – has featured loads of prominent stars of yesteryear. This week the show features the county’s own David Brady. The larger-than-life Ballina Stephenites player appeared in four All-Ireland […]

Playing for time

Sporting events everywhere are being postponed or else cancelled outright due to the restrictions necessitated by the ongoing and still escalating Covid-19 crisis. No sport is immune from this, the GAA included. So far, the GAA are playing a cautious game in relation to what might have to be done to its fixtures calendar for 2020 in light of the […]

New playing rules for 2020

It’s a time of change as regards the playing rules of Gaelic football. Following on from the experimental rules that were road-tested in last year’s National League, the Special Congress held in October approved the introduction of some new rules on a permanent basis. These rules come into effect for matches played this year and so we should get a […]

Useful run-out for fringe players

The notion behind The Underdogs show on TG4 is that it provides a platform for footballers who haven’t made it at county level to showcase their talents. Tonight’s televised match between a Mayo selection and the Underdogs at MacHale Park was, however, as much about the emerging talent in the Green and Red jerseys as it was the lads in […]

State of the Gaelic football nation

Like every county, Mayo have now played four games of their 2019 Allianz National League campaign. The League is the perfect format for each county to pit themselves against teams of a similar standard, thereby providing an accurate gauge for fans of where their team stands in the overall pecking order. In my view, the League structure is the format […]

Primer on experimental rules

Photo: Joe.ie With our opening game in next year’s FBD League now little more than two weeks away, it’s a good time, I guess, for a small reminder about the experimental rules that are being trialled in the pre-season tournaments and, possibly, in the upcoming League campaign too. Already these changes have morphed from theory into practice, with the action […]

Dubs stroll to four-in-a-row

Photo: RTÉ Well, that was a poor old final. In fairness to Tyrone they weren’t beaten out the gate, as I’d thought they would be. But they never looked like they might win it once Dublin had reeled in their early lead and, despite the small bit of interest that Tyrone’s converted penalty injected into the tie inside the last […]