Patience and perspective required to give fair judgement

It is probably beyond dispute that, certainly at the top level, Meath’s fortunes have or at the very least had gone into decline since the county last appeared in an All Ireland SFC Final in 2001. However, last Spring’s promotion to Div. 1 of the National League proves the malaise was or is not terminal. Also, it’s worth recalling that even with all the glorious times enjoyed during Sean Boylan’s tenure, when he stepped down in 2005, they were in the same sector of the NFL as where he had found them – Div. 2. That is not to say … Continue reading Patience and perspective required to give fair judgement

Sport and songs and stories

“Nothing is so good it last eternally. Perfect situations must go wrong.” So say the opening lines of the Elaine Paige/Barbara Streisand hit I Know Him So Well. Or, to borrow a few lyrics from Baz Luhrmann “Prices will rise, politicians will philander and you, too, will get old”. In other words, things change. Now read on… In many ways, Meath GAA followers have been spoiled for a very long time. Allow me to explain. I’ve written a fair bit in recent years about the progress made with hurling in the county during the last two decades or so. When … Continue reading Sport and songs and stories

Selections for Clonmel – Feb. 27th 2020

2.00: MARAJMAN (PAUL TOWNEND/WILLIE MULLINS) 2.35: COMMANDER LADY (ROBBIE POWER/JESSICA HARRINGTON) 3.10: SHOPPING AROUND – EW – (KEITH DONOUGHUE/JIM DREAPER) 3.45: ASK MARY (LIZ LALOR/DICK LALOR) 4.20: THE WEST AWAITS (PATRICK MULLINS/WILLIE MULLINS) 4.50: TOKYO GETAWAY (JOHNATHAN MOORE/GAVIN CROMWELL) 5.20: DELLGINIS (JJ SLEVIN/JOSEPH O’BRIEN) Continue reading Selections for Clonmel – Feb. 27th 2020

Unrealistic expectations hark back to the past

Harry Gregg passed away just about a week ago. For those who may not know, he was the goalkeeper on the Manchester United team, many of whom perished in the Munich Air Disaster of 1958 – when the aircraft carrying the Red Devils crashed after several failed take-off attempts in a blizzard. The Northern Irishman was credited with saving the lives of his teammates Bobby Charlton and Dennis Violet as well as a mother and newborn baby. Naturally, given Charlton’s status within the global game – never mind the club – in many ways he became the public face of … Continue reading Unrealistic expectations hark back to the past

Selections for Naas – Feb. 23rd 2020

2.10: CADMIUM (PAUL TOWNEND/WILLIE MULLINS) 2.40: BEST BEHAVIOUR – EW – (BARRY BROWNE/OLIVER MCKIERNAN) 3.10: ANDY DUFRESNE (MARK WALSH/GORDON ELLIOTT) 3.40: PASLEY (MARK WALSH/JOSEPH O’BRIEN) 4.10: PORT STANLEY (ROBBIE POWER/JESSICA HARRINGTON) 4.40: SAOL IONTACH – EW – (CONOR MAXWELL/GAVIN CROMWELL) 5.10: FAROUK D’ALENE (JAMIE CODD/GORDON ELLIOTT) Continue reading Selections for Naas – Feb. 23rd 2020

Selections for Fairyhouse – Feb. 22nd 2020

1.45: FUNKY DADY – EW – (PAUL CAWLEY (7)/DENIS HOGAN) 2.17: BATTLE OF WILLS (DAVY RUSSELL/GORDON ELLIOTT) 2.52: MOYODE GOLD (GAVIN BROUDER (7)/JAMES NASH) 3.27: BIRDIE BLITZ (SIMON TORRENS (7)//AIDAN HOWARD) 4.02: ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (DANNY MULLINS/WILLIE MULLINS) 4.37: SIZING POTTSIE (ROBBIE POWER/JESSICA HARRINGTON) 5.12: ON EAGLES WINGS – EW – (HARRY SWAN (7)/TIM HYDE) Continue reading Selections for Fairyhouse – Feb. 22nd 2020

Selections for Dundalk – Feb. 21st 2020

4.55: TRUMP CARD – EW – (CHARLIE O’DWYER (7)/CONOR O’DWYER) 5.30: SHEISDIESEL (COLIN KEANE/NOEL MEADE) 6.00: FLOWER GARLAND (GAVIN RYAN (5)/DONNACHA O’BRIEN) 6.30: SPIORAD SAOIRSE – EW – (BEN COEN (3)/ANDY SLATTERY) 7.00: KOKURA (BEN COEN (3)/JOHNNY MURTAGH) 7.30: DARK MAGIC – EW – (COLIN KEANE/JOHNNY LEVINS) 8.00: KINCH (DONOGH O’CONNOR (3)/JOHNNY LEVINS) 8.30: WAR HERO (DECLAN MCDONOGH/ADRIAN MCGUINNESS) Continue reading Selections for Dundalk – Feb. 21st 2020

Selections for Punchestown – Feb. 19th 2020

1.40: BLACK TEARS (DAVY RUSSELL/GORDON ELLIOTT) 2.10: FOXY JACKS (PHILIP ENRIGHT/MICHAEL MORRIS) 2.40: THE BROGHIE MAN (JODY MCGARVEY/PADRAIG ROCHE) 3.15: RELEGATE – EW – (BRIAN HAYES/COLM MURPHY) 3.45: MISS PERNICKETY (JJ SLEVIN/JOSEPH O’BRIEN) 4.20: FOURINA – EW – (GAVIN BROUDER (7)/MARK FAHEY) 4.55: PART TIME FARMER – EW – (JOSH ARCHDEACON (7)/NOEL MEADE) Continue reading Selections for Punchestown – Feb. 19th 2020

Selections for Punchestown – Feb. 18th 2020

1.45: YANWORTH (MARK WALSH/ENDA BOLGER) 2.15: ZERO TEN (PAUL TOWNEND/EMMET MULLINS) 2.45: GENERAL PRINCIPLE – EW – (ROBBIE POWER/GORDON ELLIOTT) 3.20: LORD ROYAL (PAUL TOWNEND/WILLIE MULLINS) 3.50: BARRINGTON COURT – EW – (MARK WALSH/JESSICA HARRINGTON) 4.20: ET DITE – EW- (PAUL TOWNEND/WILLIE MULLINS) 4.50: ASK MARY (LIZ LALOR/DICK LALOR) Continue reading Selections for Punchestown – Feb. 18th 2020

Selections for Navan – Feb. 16th 2020

1.20: JUNGLE JUNCTION (ROBBIE POWER/JESSICA HARRINGTON) 1.50: PENHILL (PAUL TOWNEND/WILLIE MULLINS) 2.20: PAT’S PICK – EW – (DENIS O’REGAN/NOEL MEADE) 2.55: DINARD ROSE (RACHAEL BLACKMORE/NOEL MEADE) 3.30: DIFFICULT DECISION (BARRY BROWNE (5)/OLIVER MCKIERNAN) 4.00: MINELLA FAIR (DENIS O’REGAN/NOEL MEADE) 4.35: FLEMENSTORM – EW – (ADAM SHORT (3)/EDDIE CAWLEY) 5.05: BALLYADAM (JAMIE CODD/GORDON ELLIOTT) Continue reading Selections for Navan – Feb. 16th 2020