Gaelic football v Aussie Rules: Is there a connection?

Browny has come up with a thought-provoking argument that looks at the similarities between the beginnings and development of Gaelic and Australian Football over the years since the mid 19th century.

Almanac (Gaelic) Football and Golf – The Lowry’s Eyes are Smiling

Peter Baulderstone knew about the British Open golf win of Irishman Shane Lowry at spectacular rainswept Royal Portrush on the weekend. This is the less known story of Shane’s father Brendan and Uncle’s Sean and Michael winning the All Ireland Gaelic football title in 1982 for minnow Offaly against the might of county Kerry going for a historic fifth successive win. Great video highlights of the best football you will see all week.

Almanac Women’s Footy – VFL: Sinead Omahony

Melbourne Uni’s Irish recruit Sinead Omahony went from Gaelic football to VFL Women’s in six months.

Non World Sports

Rod Oaten has been thinking about ultra-local sports. Here he describes half a dozen of them. Add your suggestion.

Big H’s first pack of Galahs

Rob Heath on the team of Mr Universes who visited Ireland as The Galahs in 1967. [Cracking historical tale – Ed]

From Croke Park to Vicarage Road is a one hour flight with Ryanair

Like a buzzing beer garden in twilight, All Ireland Football Championship quarterfinal day at Dublin’s Croke Park is fantastic. During our family tour of Ireland, France and Italy, we see a conclave of cathedrals but with O’Keefe ancestry in County Cork, this becomes a special pilgrimage. And while it’s Dublin and Roscommon clashing, a vivid [Read more]

Donegal burst secures All-Ireland final

Hamish Townsend joined some nervous Mayo supporters on Sunday night for the All-Ireland final against Donegal.

Detrimental as anything

  from Troy Thompson Thought this sounded very familiar – but of course it is about gaelic football rather than Aussie rules. http://www.kerryman.ie/sport/gaelic-football/influence-of-afl-and-rugby-is-having-a-detrimental-effect-on-gaelic-football-2969859.html

Kildare v Derry

Croke Park, Dublin 4pm Sat Jul 23   By David Bruce   For just about the first time since we arrived in Ireland a week ago it’s not raining.  In fact, it’s a gorgeous morning, almost warm, as the kids and I make our way via playgrounds and a series of minor falls to Croke [Read more]

Gaelic football: Farewell to a legend of the game

Sixteen championship seasons, six All-Ireland medals, four National League titles and three All-Star selections. No wonder the Irish sporting public is in mourning. Gaelic football has lost one of its greats. Darragh Ó Sé (pronounced O’Shea) made the announcement this week on the national Irish language radio station, Raidió na Gaeltachta, during an interview with [Read more]

Footy and Gaelic football: Irish gnash teeth on introduction of the mark

Monday, 25 January 2010 Depending on who you listen to, it will either bring some beauty back to the game and revive a much-loved skill, or be “an unmitigated disaster” that will rob the code of its identity. “Hands in the back!”, “deliberate!” and “30 seconds!” are all reasonably recent additions to the AFL supporter’s [Read more]