“Maybe they weren’t aware of the threat Laois put up” – Tipp ladies footballers reflect on another roller-coaster season.

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

Avant Money Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada will host the TG4 LGFA All-Ireland Senior Quarter-Final between Dublin and Donegal.

Louth limped out of the TG4 All-Ireland intermediate quarter-final against a more-rounded Roscommon side in a game to forget at Kinnegad on Sunday afternoon. A similar thing happened higher up the ranks.

Playing Gaelic games at the inter-county level is costing players an average of €1450 per month.

Armagh captain Kelly Mallon has been selected as The Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month for May. Tipperary players would feel lucky that they did not have to face Armagh in the league, but they did fall short to Kerry on the first day and their former captain Samantha Lambert spoke about it on episode 45 of the GAA Zone podcast saying: “I suppose they had a mixture of a league campaign.”

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association is delighted to confirm Zu Car as the new title sponsor of the All-Ireland Ladies Minor Football Championships. This shows further progress in the ladies’ game and the belter of a game when Laois beat Tipperary earlier in the season by two points when Lambert said: “Yes, I suppose we might have gone in not knowing Laois too much. I know over the years we played them in challenge matches but not too much in competitive games in the last couple of years so. Maybe they weren’t aware of the threat Laois put up. So, I suppose losing to Laois put them under pressure for the rest of the league. I know the game against Clare then they were under serious pressure if they would be in a relegation game not knowing if they were going down or not.”

Goal-hungry Antrim booked their place in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship as they demolished New York at a sunny and windy Davitt Park on Sunday afternoon.

Clare’s ladies’ footballers went in search of a place in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland intermediate championship on Sunday afternoon. It was a bounce back from finding themselves in a relegation playoff in the spring thanks to Tipperary and Samantha looked back on it saying: “Yes that was extremely important. Look, Tipp are without a fair few of their important players, yes and I know to look you can’t talk about key players who are not there, but you must talk about the players who are”.

Armagh GAA club Clann Éireann has issued a statement, condemning online attacks on one of their players, Tiernan Kelly, who was the focus of much of the criticism after Sunday’s brawl during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final between the county and Galway. While the Mayo senior men played last Sunday after that infamous brawl, the Mayo ladies had a convincing win over Tipperary to start their All-Ireland championship campaign and the teacher talked about it saying: “Yeah look, they were put into a tough pool. No matter what pool you were put into in the ladies’ football championship this year or any year in the last couple of years because the standard has been so much. It’s not going to be easy, and Mayo was our first game. 1-16 is a fair bit of scoring by Mayo themselves and look they are a team that has gelled over the past number of years, whereas I suppose we are going through a big transition at the minute, and I think they learned a lot from that game. Mayo has a few players who are very, very senior, whereas Tipp has a very young team. Plenty of potential but as I said they learn from every game they played.” The report says the vilification of Kelly has been unjust.  


“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.