“I’ve got a sneaky feeling about Cork” – Fans make bold predictions for the weekend.

By Patrick Sharkey,

Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing The GAA Zone podcast

Welcome to the GAA Zone podcast on Anchor FM! In Episode 56, we fall deep into the thrilling world of Gaelic football. Join us as we focus on an upcoming clash that implies intense competition and captivating action. In this episode, titled "Westmeath Aim to Raid Orchard and Send Saffrons Packing," we look at an exciting match on the horizon. Our expert hosts analyse the strategies, key players, and historical context surrounding the clash between Westmeath and their formidable opponents, Armagh (known as the Orchard County) and Antrim (the Saffron). With fighting discussions and insightful analysis, we provide an in-depth understanding of the game, making this episode a must-listen for both die-hard fans and newcomers to Gaelic football. Tune in to discover. — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gaazone/message

Calling all sports enthusiasts and Gaelic football fans! Prepare to immerse yourself in the exciting world of Gaelic football with the latest episode of the GAA Zone podcast. In this thrilling instalment, we delve into the upcoming clash between Westmeath and two formidable opponents, Armagh (the Orchard County) and Antrim (the Saffron). Connect us as we uncover the strategies, key players, and intense rivalries that make this match a must-watch. The GAA have reiterated to units their rules.

In this highly anticipated episode, we bring you expert analysis, engaging discussions, and captivating insights into the world of Gaelic football. The expert this time round is Aaron Maher Prendergast.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to Gaelic football, this episode is packed with riveting content.  

Don’t miss out on the latest episodes of the GAA Zone podcast. Mr Maher Prendergast gives his backing to Louth as he says: “Yeah, it’s a hard one to know to be honest with you, because Louth obviously coming in on the back of a 21-point defeat to, to Dublin, Whereas Cork is obviously coming in, I suppose, with the ehm, obviously they got beat by Clare, but Cork, Cork have probably been waiting in the, the wings, for a walk, they obviously would have known, they would have been loud, the team they would have been playing. Ehm, so yeah like I think I think it’ll be a close one”.

Maher Prendergast added: “I’ve got a sneaky feeling about Cork but I think one thing we know about Cork is that they tend to raise their game when they play better teams but when they play the likes of Louth or know clearly their levels just seem to drop and I just don’t have much confidence that Cork can do that but to be honest with you I’d fancy I’d actually fancy Clare or sorry I’d fancy Louth to get the victory ehm so I think they’re at home as well aren’t they so I think they will be too strong for ehm for four. I think Mickey Harte will get the troops back on the side. Go and see how Cork is able to deal with Sam Mulroy or some of the other lads there. So yeah, I’d fancy Louth to win it.” Subscribe.  

Consolidate us on this audio journey as we explore the excitement, drama, and raw talent of Gaelic football. Aaron sees all that in the Armagh v Westmeath football clash saying: “Yeah I mean I don’t know if David Brady may be mentioned or maybe I suppose or maybe his plan was to actually mention the Westmeath hurlers and shock eh with Wexford and maybe that’s exactly what he was meant to say I don’t know but yeah I’d be very surprised to be honest with you to see you know sorry to wreck me cause any shocking and Armagh like they’re a division three side they barely won a game all year ehm won a couple of games in this mid-table threw a huge lead away versus Louth as well. Ehm they’ve been very poor all year Westmeath. They haven’t really kicked off the way we would have since eh Jack Cooney stepped away and Dessie Dolan came in. It just hasn’t been the same sort of Westmeath side so. Yeah, I just don’t see it. Like there’s a few things you could see cause a shock here or there like Sligo will come in good form against Kildare in fairness despite that kind of final off”.

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“We had an up and down national league” – Donegal legend holds mixed feelings over the league campaign.

Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing The GAA Zone podcast

Welcome to the GAA Zone podcast on Anchor FM! In Episode 56, we fall deep into the thrilling world of Gaelic football. Join us as we focus on an upcoming clash that implies intense competition and captivating action. In this episode, titled "Westmeath Aim to Raid Orchard and Send Saffrons Packing," we look at an exciting match on the horizon. Our expert hosts analyse the strategies, key players, and historical context surrounding the clash between Westmeath and their formidable opponents, Armagh (known as the Orchard County) and Antrim (the Saffron). With fighting discussions and insightful analysis, we provide an in-depth understanding of the game, making this episode a must-listen for both die-hard fans and newcomers to Gaelic football. Tune in to discover. — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gaazone/message
  1. Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing
  2. Episode 55: Wyane McNamara
  3. Episode 54: David Dempsey
  4. Episode 53: Managerial Merry Go Round
  5. Episode 52: Antrim hurling 2022

By Patrick Sharkey,

GAA president Larry McCarthy will travel to Wales this weekend to unveil a commemorative plaque.  

James Horan has made two changes from the team that overcame Monaghan last week. One man who did his service for the GAA abroad playing for Donegal New York and will look ahead to the fixtures this weekend is Donegal legend Anthony Molloy who assessed the season for his own county saying: “I suppose we had an up and down national league and that there. I don’t think we performed to the best of our ability as well as we could have like. We are still there in division one”.

In the meantime, Cork has named an unchanged side for their qualifier clash against Limerick.

There is a busy weekend of GAA on the way between the All-Ireland senior football and hurling.  

Hurling fans from across the country have expressed their outrage at a perceived lack of respect for Antrim and Kerry as they were not included in a photo shoot promoting the launch of this year’s All-Ireland series. However, Mr. Molloy was talking about different Donegal players who haven’t got enough respect saying: “Overall I think we have improved as a team, as a bunch of players. You know again I’ll go back to our captain first and people are writing him off like. For 70 minutes, age is not on his side. We must remember Michael Murphy was giving man-of-the-match performances”.

Belfast’s Corrigan Park is a difficult venue to go to and league results have shown that over the past.  

The GAA in Galway is paying tribute this morning following the passing yesterday of former Galway GAA secretary Phelim Murphy at the age of 91. Murphy was a man who prioritised youth.

There are also All-Ireland SHC preliminaries taking place in Belfast and Tralee. The young players of Donegal will be happy they go back to Clones instead of somewhere intimidating like Belfast and Donegal academies have taken templates developed by Murphy as Anthony praised the young guns.

There’s another stacked weekend of live sport coming to your TV screens at the end of the week.

Back in the day, clubs across the Atlantic had a habit of bringing in a few big names recruits to take to the pitch for important matches. Donegal New York may have gained the services of the then All Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy, but he is happy that the young stars of Donegal are still in the hills saying: “I suppose for me you know Michael Langan has huge potential. He’s a fantastic player. A very, very natural player. So, to be fair I suppose Bonner has given him every chance.”

There’s a Croke Park double feature on Saturday as Clare takes on Roscommon and then Mayo faces Kildare. All the talk will be about midfield pairings and the Ardara man gave his view on the current midfield situation for Donegal saying: “I think a man who deserves credit is Hugh McFadden from Killybegs like. I would start Jason McGee and maybe Caolan McGonagle. I would start them two”.

A Cavan GAA club has been left truly heartbroken after one of its most talented players died in a car crash.

Both Cork and Limerick will be happy with the draw. The qualifier games will have a minute’s silence for Luke Byrne.

Two splendid days in September when the senior team, managed by Cyril Farrell and captained by Conor Hayes, brought the Liam McCarthy Cup west of the Shannon for only the third and fourth times in the county’s history. One man who also had that kind of joy in football was Anthony Molloy for Donegal, so listen to the podcast to unpack it all.

“Cork did very well” – Rebels look to have turned their fortunes around

By Patrick Sharkey,

Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing The GAA Zone podcast

Welcome to the GAA Zone podcast on Anchor FM! In Episode 56, we fall deep into the thrilling world of Gaelic football. Join us as we focus on an upcoming clash that implies intense competition and captivating action. In this episode, titled "Westmeath Aim to Raid Orchard and Send Saffrons Packing," we look at an exciting match on the horizon. Our expert hosts analyse the strategies, key players, and historical context surrounding the clash between Westmeath and their formidable opponents, Armagh (known as the Orchard County) and Antrim (the Saffron). With fighting discussions and insightful analysis, we provide an in-depth understanding of the game, making this episode a must-listen for both die-hard fans and newcomers to Gaelic football. Tune in to discover. — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gaazone/message
  1. Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing
  2. Episode 55: Wyane McNamara
  3. Episode 54: David Dempsey
  4. Episode 53: Managerial Merry Go Round
  5. Episode 52: Antrim hurling 2022

The GAA has confirmed the fixture details for next weekend’s senior football and hurling.


Roscommon vs Clare and Kildare vs Mayo will be shown live on Sky Sports. However, one team who put up a fight but fell short was Louth and on episode 41 of the GAA Zone podcast, Mayo-based journalist Chloe Lynch gave credit to Louth saying: “Well to be honest you know I think it was quite shocking. We have seen from the start how well Mickey Harte has been doing with Louth. Cork did very well. I think it was a weekend full of shockers to be fair.”


Some of the big hitters will exit the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship this weekend as the revamped Qualifiers take center stage. Cork could be one of the big hitters exiting this weekend and Donegal-based Tik Tok star Ethan Kelly, AKA Donegal Ethan gave his thoughts on Cork winning against Louth saying: “To be honest now I thought Louth was very well set up. I thought every man knew the job he had to do. To me watching from the outside I thought Cork was just very strong, especially around the middle. I feel a lot of the middle breakdowns came because Cork is very strong”.


Armagh will take on fellow Ulster rivals Donegal this weekend after they beat Tyrone. However, one new rivalry that could be developing is Mayo and Monaghan after the weekend and Lynch gave her thoughts on the game saying: “Monaghan are that kind of team you never know what would happen. They are often a team that will get slept on. You know the injuries were obviously a big thing in the Mayo camp. Like we saw the return of Hennelly and Durcan and you know Monaghan did start strong. Like there were many times during the games when Mayo thought ‘o sugar, wake’ up here’. The penalty was obviously a big decider and Monaghan did play their hearts out. Like they had a great league campaign. You know Mayo has had its ups and downs since the Kerry loss”.

Andy McEntee has stepped down as the manager of the Meath senior footballers after a six-year reign. This means Séamus McEnaney might be tempted to return to his old post and Mr. Kelly did not hold back in talking about his Monaghan team and their performance against Mayo saying: “I’ve got a few cards in my day as has many men playing football. I think a black card at the start of the match is very sore on Conor McManus. Conor McManus is a big loss to any team. You know, especially that early in the game. Was it a black card? Yeah, you could argue for or against it. “

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However, while the 2 johnnies podcast was trending over the last few weeks with a catfishing story, this week it is all about the GAA Zone podcast which forgot to mention that Kilcar eked out a three-point win over rivals St Eunan’s in a drab, low-scoring encounter. However, one game that got people talking was Clare v Meath and Kelly knew what was up saying: “I don’t want to sound rude but the match itself, didn’t really set much a light.”


Neither side has achieved much since, and confidence will be low in both camps. Chloe echoed similar views saying: “I say it was kind of a shocker you know. I didn’t expect Clare to get over the line. You know it is another one that it would be hard to get the outcome of, but you know I think both teams did very well. It will be interesting because sometimes we only put our focus on the big teams you know as the championship goes on. It will be interesting now to see how far Clare can go”.


The Dublin footballers wore ‘Support 4 Drummo’ jerseys in the Leinster final win over Kildare and the Dublin hurlers did the same in their final group game against Galway. More solidarity was shown throughout the weeks and donations can be made.

“Fair play to Louth” – The wee county set to rattle the big county

By Patrick Sharkey,

Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing The GAA Zone podcast

Welcome to the GAA Zone podcast on Anchor FM! In Episode 56, we fall deep into the thrilling world of Gaelic football. Join us as we focus on an upcoming clash that implies intense competition and captivating action. In this episode, titled "Westmeath Aim to Raid Orchard and Send Saffrons Packing," we look at an exciting match on the horizon. Our expert hosts analyse the strategies, key players, and historical context surrounding the clash between Westmeath and their formidable opponents, Armagh (known as the Orchard County) and Antrim (the Saffron). With fighting discussions and insightful analysis, we provide an in-depth understanding of the game, making this episode a must-listen for both die-hard fans and newcomers to Gaelic football. Tune in to discover. — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gaazone/message
  1. Episode 56: Westmeath aim to raid Orchard and send Saffrons packing
  2. Episode 55: Wyane McNamara
  3. Episode 54: David Dempsey
  4. Episode 53: Managerial Merry Go Round
  5. Episode 52: Antrim hurling 2022

Four GAA matches will be televised by RTÉ Sport this weekend in a bumper weekend of coverage.


Mayo’s Connacht exit has been forgotten about. The main story of the championship in football has been the rise of Louth and on episode 40 of the GAA Zone podcast, 2017 Liam McCarthy cup winner Paul Flaherty is full of praise for Louth saying: “Fair play to Louth in the All-Ireland championship. There are a lot of good teams in the Tailteann cup that hasn’t gone that far. So, you give huge credit to Mickey Harte and the Louth team. They had a good league campaign. Obviously, they were promoted back-to-back. Sam Mulroy has been their star forward who has been carrying them through the games though. You must give Louth huge credit. Cork you know, the Munster championship isn’t as competitive as it was years ago, and Kerry just seems to be a way ahead of them. Cork is probably second in command there, yeah it is going to be a tough one. Everybody is going to give Cork the upper hand here, but I don’t think there will be much in it. I say a point or two, but it would be great to see from maybe just a neutral perspective, to see Louth take themselves over the line. The rebels kind of call themselves the capital of Ireland sometime when Dublin people aren’t listening.” There’s a big schedule of sports for the June bank holiday weekend, with championship action across football, hurling, and camogie. The major events of the weekend are undoubtedly the provincial hurling deciders in Munster and Leinster. Neighbours Clare and Limerick face off for the second time in the space of four weeks in the Munster matter down in Thurles.

If New York defeats Offaly, they will be returning to Ireland two weeks later for the Tailteann Cup.


The 2 Johnnies Podcast in Ireland is promising the third installment of their ‘GAA catfish’ saga as more than 100 people have come forward claiming to have been directly targeted. However, the main podcast this week is the GAA Zone podcast with Paul Flaherty believing Cork footballers got lucky in their qualifier drawing saying: “From a Cork perspective it is probably the best they could have got.”


Former Donegal star Eamonn McGee is calling on local GAA clubs to show their colours for Pride.


Gardai are investigating ‘an alleged incident of assault’ during a GAA minor match on Monday evening.


There are 40 clubs in Louth, a county with a population of approximately 130,000. If Louth advance against Cork, they will be happy to know they won’t be facing the winners of Mayo and Monaghan.


A Lahinch man has won Clare GAA’s prize-giving away a house in Lahinch. Another man looking for a win like that at home will be James Horan when his side takes on Monaghan and Mr. Flaherty is looking forward to the game: “It’s going to be tough this one. Mayo have been knocking on the door of the All-Ireland championship the last few years and everybody thought when they beat Dublin last year, they would go one step further, but it just didn’t fruition. Tyrone was better on the day.”
A final call is being made to GAA followers in Westmeath to have their stories published in the second edition of a grassroots book on the organisation. Stories could include when Monaghan hosted Westmeath back in Clones in 2008 for the final round of division two in which a Banty coached side missed out on promotion two with a 20-year-old Conor McManus and since then Flaherty has reflected on the Farney rise saying: “It’s hard to know because they have been about for so long”.


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“Our objective was to get promoted” – Antrim footballers look to bounce back     

By Patrick Sharkey,

Episode 39: Declan Lynch The GAA Zone podcast

With some audio difficulties, the Antrim senior footballer Declan Lynch returned to the podcast. Tickets have gone on sale for next Saturday's Tailteann Cup clash between Leitrim and Antrim in Avant Money Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada with fans reminded that they must buy their tickets.   — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/gaazone/message

Tickets have gone on sale for next Saturday’s Tailteann Cup clash between Leitrim and Antrim in Avant Money Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada with fans reminded that they must buy their tickets online.  

Between 2016 and 2021, Community Finance Ireland has supported five GAA clubs in Antrim.

Antrim senior footballer Michael McCann has criticised the GAA for their deeply flawed approach to the inaugural Tailteann Cup and says the Association missed a trick by not copying hurling’s Joe McDonagh Cup round-robin format. However, his teammate Declan Lynch was more focused on their division three league campaign on episode 29 of the GAA Zone podcast saying:” Collectively there was a lot of positives in it but also negatives because our objective was to get promoted. We were in it right until the very last day. At a time, it was in our own hands, but we produced a couple of poor performances. Poor periods within games eventually costs us and we missed out on promotion. It was an up and down campaign. There were positives but it was negative because we didn’t meet our objective”. With the guarantee of just one Championship game for the Tailteann Cup participants and no wild card entry back into the Sam Maguire race for the winners of the new competition, McCann believes the GAA is potentially harming the development of the lower-ranked teams in the country. However, despite the Tailteann Cup’s many flaws, McCann at no time considered walking away from Antrim after they crashed out of the Ulster Championship to Cavan.

It’s reasonable to say they have a decent pedigree. Mr. Lynch knew the Saffron tried their best during the league campaign saying: “We didn’t take our foot off the gas. We went into the Louth game in what was basically a winner takes all championship semi-final or final and we just didn’t perform right across the board and Louth did. Fair play to them, they went on and gained promotion. No, we were focused right up until the end of the league campaign. So, it wasn’t a case of us taking our foot off the gas”.

The Tailteann Cup first-round clash of Leitrim and Antrim will be streamed live on the GAAGO.

Commentary on sport, especially on the various kinds of football, has long been dependent on military metaphor. This was no different for Lynch who gave credit to his teammates saying: “There has been a lot of good and strong performances. I’m trying to look out across the board. Dermot McAleese and Mark Jordan have probably been the standout players for Antrim I think this year.”

Inclusivity is at the very heart of the GAA’s ethos. However once again the county with the biggest population in Ulster has failed to make a difference in the championship with Declan looking back on the Saffron exit to Cavan saying:” Listen, Cavan was a really poor showing. We were prepared well”.

At corner-forward for Cavan against Antrim that Saturday was Cormac O’Reilly, son of Breffni great Damien.

John Maughan was honest about his ignorance of the Tailteann Cup last week. With the potential of Antrim playing Cavan again this year and Antrim knowing a lot about Cavan from their defeat, the West Belfast man knows a thing or two about their players saying: “The full team and full squad impressed me. They were physically a very big team. They didn’t look like a division four team; they were conditioned very well but you have to say on the day the standout player for them was Paddy Lynch”.

At one point Antrim went top of Allianz League Division 3 with a comprehensive 1-19 to 0-12 victory.