Is gentleman Jim on the verge of another new Dawn?

Certain sports proceed with the spectre of suspicion and controversy hovering over them. The disgraceful antics of people like Lance Amstrong and, going back even further, Ben Johnson, cast a cloud over their respective codes. Such murkiness is akin to the weather in this country at times – debilitating to those engulfed therein and very difficult to move on from. Jim Bolger Yet, there must always be an antidote to that type of behaviour. Ireland’s Dan Martin has been exactly that on the cycling scene of late following two high profile victories. Moreover, the most high profile – and by … Continue reading Is gentleman Jim on the verge of another new Dawn?

Continuation of Ferguson’s ideals will be crucial

Some time ago, an article was encountered which compared Barcelona and the Kilkenny hurling team. Strange, you might think, given that one has, at most three teams that can harbour realistically challenge them while the other operated in what was – up to a few weeks ago – the best and most competitive league in the world. Manchester United manager David Moyes In other ways however, the similarities were striking. Firstly due to the indelible and undeniable influence exerted by the respective team managers. Secondly, owing to one exceptional player being more of a talisman than the remainder of their … Continue reading Continuation of Ferguson’s ideals will be crucial

Progress and discoveries only partially conceal disappointment

When these wheels began rolling to Meath games – nearly a quarter of a century ago – Croke Park was like a second home. Entire summers seemed to be spent there. In 1991, that was nearly literally the case. The second home theory applies in another way too. The great stadium seemed to bring out the best in our teams. So many great days were enjoyed there. As was said previously, you begin to get used to these things. Meath defender Davy Dalton These are different times, though. The football landscape has changed. There’s no avoiding the fact that Meath … Continue reading Progress and discoveries only partially conceal disappointment