Opinion must not betray respect

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]mlyn Mulligan’s abdication from the Leitrim setup, and indeed club football, is the cause of much sadness. That might seem a curious statement coming from these quarters, but, you see, there was a time when at least one Gaelic footballer on every team in Ireland – and London – could be reeled off the top of the head. With Gary Hurney having taken his leave after unstintingly faithful service to Waterford football, a look would have to be taken there now. Continue reading “Opinion must not betray respect”

Amidst a crisis? Sacrifice the obvious fall guy

There’s long been a curiously undocumented school of thought in the GAA which decrees that, if a team is taking a serious pounding, the obvious solution is to withdraw a corner forward. It matters not that they might be getting absolutely pummelled at centre field, nor that the half backs are thus under siege. Amidst a crisis, the immediate reaction is to sacrifice the obvious fall guy. Sometimes, there doesn’t have to be a crisis afoot at all. Recently, the failure of a referee to properly apply the current rules probably inadvertently led to Meath corner forward Donal Lenihan being … Continue reading Amidst a crisis? Sacrifice the obvious fall guy

An unlikely adventure back in focus

A few months back, while lending a hand compiling information on the history of the local GAA club, the story of a bit of land close to home cropped up. An unlikely segment thereof was that among the sports played therein, many years ago, was cricket. There was a time when having blood drawn from both arms simultaneously would’ve held more appeal than watching it. That changed over Christmas some years ago and it’d be openly admitted that interest in affairs of the wickets has increased significantly. As ever, something of interest that could be related to was the catalyst. … Continue reading An unlikely adventure back in focus

Ashes leftovers are a step too far.

Local radio presenter Brendan Cummins opined recently – in paying tribute to the great Brian Smyth – that the 1949 All Ireland winning captain would be a great subject for a biography or an autobiography even. In franking his view, the Dunsany man said that Brian would be far more worthy and deserving of such a work than many of those publishing their life stories. Often multiple volumes of them. There’s no doubt there’s a valid point in his observation. But maybe what it really does is prompt a look at certain matters which pertain across the sporting codes from … Continue reading Ashes leftovers are a step too far.