Morris makes his mark as Meath battle to deserved draw

Meath 1-17 Monaghan 2-14 When doing the piece yesterday with the Meath team for today’s game against Monaghan, the point was made that the game represented an opportunity for lads to put their hands up for selection for the forthcoming Championship opener against Wexford or Wicklow. Well. Nobber’s Jordan Morris did that and more as Andy McEntee’s team battled back to earn the point their efforts deserved. Not only on the day, but throughout this elongated National League campaign. Granted, their stay at the top table was unfortunately a brief one but gut feeling is they will have undoubtedly learned … Continue reading Morris makes his mark as Meath battle to deserved draw

Lavin, McGill and McMahon return as Championship team takes shape

Meath have made three changes for tomorrow’s NFL clash with Monaghan in Clones. The game – which will be shown live on TG4’s YouTube Channel – is of no material significance to already relegated Meath, however, there are bound to be players hoping to at least give the management a decision to make ahead of the Leinster SFC opener against either Wexford or Wicklow on November 8th. Defenders Seamus Lavin and Conor McGill and live wire attacker Bryan McMahon return having all missed last week’s valiant display against Dublin this day last week. Meanwhile, Seneschalstown’s Cathal Hickey moves to wing … Continue reading Lavin, McGill and McMahon return as Championship team takes shape

Wheels coming off the wagon already

Sport, by it’s very nature, is full of ups and downs. You’ll lose a lot more than you’ll win. Believe me, I know all too well. Therefore, savouring the good days, when they do dawn, is not only important at the time, but also crucial in giving hope for the future. In more ways than one. Last Saturday evening was one such occasion for Meath GAA fans. Defeating Dublin in anything at any time is usually a good indicator you are on the right road. So, when John McCarthy’s side recorded a comfortable victory over the two shades of blue … Continue reading Wheels coming off the wagon already

Murphy’s ‘Major’ seals the deal as McCarthy’s men March on

LEINSTER MFC; MEATH 1.15 DUBLIN 0-07 A second half goal from Dunshaughlin’s Aaron Murphy pointed the home side towards victory as they completely dominated their old rivals to further underline the progress made and the work which continues to be done with Meath underage teams. Such an outcome looked distinctly unlikely when the sides changed ends deadlocked at 0-04 apiece. However, a flurry of early second half scores, with Summerhill’s Eoghan Frayne particularly prominent, before Murphy from the newly crowned Minor county champions sealed the deal. Team manager John McCarthy, who played his club football with Walterstown but is now … Continue reading Murphy’s ‘Major’ seals the deal as McCarthy’s men March on

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you make the journey if you reach your destination

There’s a framed photo staring down at me on the wall of the office. May 17th, 2002. Fr McManus Park, Skryne. David Gallagher and Niall Kelly entangled in an epic battle which encapsulated not only that particular clash between ourselves and our neighbours Dunshaughlin but virtually any encounter between the two throughout my lifetime. That is to say, not a kick of a ball between the sides and no quarter asked or given by either participant. If there was one differentiation between the joust in question and others, it was that, at the time, Eamonn Barry’s terrific team were in … Continue reading Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you make the journey if you reach your destination

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

Disappointment must not be mistaken for bitterness

Around midsummer, this machine produced a piece relating to the retirement of Willie Lyons as Principal of the local primary school. It was a post which stirred a vast array of emotions. Sadness at the end of an era in our area, yet, recollections of what were undoubtedly my happiest days in education. Even more telling perhaps was the fact that since this website was re-launched on June 10th no single article has attracted more views – 1,100 at the time of typing. Which is evidence in itself of the amount of people’s lives the man from Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo … Continue reading Disappointment must not be mistaken for bitterness