Sometimes clichés are unavoidable!

Think of any provincial GAA ground in the country. They are all usually located in the centre of big times. These places are generally notoriously difficult to get in or out of. Everybody will have their own theories – or more to the point alternative routes – for dealing with such matters. More often than not, though, the usual, dreaded traffic jams will be encountered somewhere along the way. All of that recently came to mind in the context of the NBA Finals. The competitive season in basketball is one of the longest, most arduous and demanding in any sport. … Continue reading Sometimes clichés are unavoidable!

Admirable traits evident as Meath continue to evolve

First off, the majority of what you are about to read concerns the nuts and bolts of Meath’s win over Wicklow. For, if one was to dwell too long on misgivings about the venue thereof too many column inches would be wasted. That wouldn’t do justice to a fine effort by Mick O’Dowd’s team. Suffice to say that it must be considered an absolute disgrace in this day and age that one’s personal circumstances should preclude you from attending a sports fixture. Or any other sort of event for that matter. Similar problems were experienced with another venue about a … Continue reading Admirable traits evident as Meath continue to evolve

Breffni scores on the double for Dunboyne’s Manning

While Cavan’s footballers have been making plenty of headlines of late having notched two wins in succession, in racing circles there have also been double celebrations with Cavan connections as Breffni Gael – owned by Cavan native and Dunboyne resident Paddy Sheridan and trained by Michael Manning – came home in front twice in a short space of time. Paddy Sheridan, owner, Andrew Lynch, jockey, and Michael Manning, trainer, of Breffni Gael When scoring recently at Sligo, the 7-year-old Milan mare provided Dunboyne’s Manning – now based at Porterstown Lane, Ratoath – with his first winner in five years. He … Continue reading Breffni scores on the double for Dunboyne’s Manning

In different worlds – striving for the same place

No definitive view would be held here on the concept of the Lions. Of course, it smacks of a bit of an ‘us against the world’ situation. And a bit of a siege mentality is sometimes not a bad thing in sport. Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson, Ger Loughnane or any GAA team up the top of the country. In an ideal world – whatever that is – everything would be equal. It’s not like that, though, which, strange as it may seem, is just as well for sport. Dublin may be well ahead of the pack in Gaelic football, … Continue reading In different worlds – striving for the same place

Genuine reasons are only part of a changing picture

Beginners chases during the summer months – or at least those purporting to be same – have a habit of throwing up noteworthy occurrences. In recent years, the same particular contest in Punchestown was won by Sizing Europe and Arvika Ligionniere. Both have gone on to much greater things. In the case of one, that latter statement is the biggest downplay of this or any century. The thing is, the main luminaries of the National Hunt scene tend to be out on grass at this time of year. These months are supposed to be the forte of the ‘summer horse’. … Continue reading Genuine reasons are only part of a changing picture

Never underestimate the importance of sport in life

Think of your most admired sports people. Say, outside of what would be deemed obvious. With yours truly, the ones most fondly held will be well known to regular readers. The list comprises of some of the best exponents this country has or ever had in GAA and racing and rugby. They are all, however, connected to sports with which this writer would be most closely associated. In terms of thinking ‘outside the box’ regarding the international sports scene and those not known to me personally, thoughts turn to people like golfer Phil Mickelson, cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and LeBron … Continue reading Never underestimate the importance of sport in life