THERE was a bit of role reversal going on earlier this week.
Jason Ryan was Kieran McGeeney’s number two in Kildare, but he has now been appointed manager of the Lilywhites.
McGeeney had wanted to stay on in Kilkdare, but he left controversially after the powers that be voted him out at a county committee meeting.
This week, it emerged that McGeeney was going back to his native Armagh to work under Paul Grimley, who was previously a part of his Kildare set-up.
McGeeney is professional in everything he does and is one of the real forward-thinking managers. You just wonder: Will he really be the number 2?
THE announcement during the week that Dublin GAA had struck a deal with US Insurance giants AIG worth a reported €5m over the next five years sent the ripples through the GAA world.
Dublin have often been compared to Manchester United and really now that has come home to roost. Dublin’s previous sponsors were Vodafone, Manchester United’s sponsors before their shirts were emblazoned with AIG.
Donegal were last year’s All-Ireland champions, but the figures given to Dublin would not even enter the stratosphere here – or in any other county for that matter.
It was a deal that confirmed that Dublin remain the box office name – and will do so for quite a while by the looks of it. They’re in a different league altogether.
ST Naul’s and Naomh Muire take centre stage in Sunday’s Intermediate final, a couple of weeks after the tragic death of Conor Boyle meant it had to be postponed.
Naomh Muire have had a trying few weeks in their club, but Sunday is a chance for the club and its people to smile again.
St Naul’s have won just one of seven Intermediate finals they’ve played in, but that was just two years ago and in Stephen Griffin they have one of the most prolific forwards in Donegal. Naul’s are not a one-man team either and will take some watching.
Naomh Muire, with the likes of Gary Boyle working tirelessly, have been putting huge effort into underage football and Danny O’Donnell’s seniors are benefitting from that work now. Naomh Muire have been steadily progressing – and on Sunday I think they’ll return to senior football.
CARRICKMORE take on Clonoe in Sunday’s Tyrone SFC final in Omagh – and it promises to be a cracking game.
Carrickmore are still relying on Conor Gormley, who was pivotal in curtailing Sean Cavanagh in their semi-final win over Moy. They’ll also look to Mark Donnelly and Martin Penrose, with their goalkeeper Plunkett McCollum going for a record seventh Tyrone SFC medal.
Clonoe are playing superb football at the moment with the likes of minor Danny McNulty and Tyrone senior Conor McAliskey central. Martin Sludden, who you might remember from the infamous Leinster final between Meath and Louth, is the man in the middle.
As for the game, I think Clonoe will shade it.
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