Glory, books and egos…


The glory game…


The Roscommon Senior Football Championship is warming up nicely. Roscommon Gaels are very much a form team, powering into the semi-finals with another good win last weekend, this time against a gallant Elphin. The Gaels certainly won’t want any hype to threaten the hope…but suffice to say they are real live contenders this season.

  Padraig Pearses and Boyle have both been going along very nicely too. Pearses had a big win against perennial heavyweights St. Brigid’s at the weekend…the Woodmount club definitely putting down a firm marker as we move to the business end of the championship.

  Boyle maintained their free-scoring form, defeating Michael Glavey’s as the Ballinlough side struggled to contain the Boyle attack.

  There is so much to admire about Fuerty GAA Club and how they go about their business on and off the field. The club has made great strides in recent years and has enjoyed a terrific campaign at senior level. Their run came to a very dignified end on Sunday when they lost out by two points to Strokestown. It’s great to see a strong Strokestown team…the club/area has long produced teams of flair and quality to grace the game in Roscommon.

  Finally, a word of congratulations to a team from my own neck of the woods…Kilglass Gaels, who won the Ladies Intermediate Final last weekend.


Kevin’s book


Staying with GAA matters, and former Roscommon manager and long-time RTE pundit Kevin McStay has been putting pen to paper. The launch of his memoir tonight (Thursday) in the Abbey Hotel promises to be a big social event.

  It will be very interesting to see McStay’s perspective on his recent tenure as Roscommon manager, firstly in the ill-fated ‘dream team’ arrangement with Fergal O’Donnell, and then in a more conventional solo capacity. ‘The Pressure Game: Walking the walk on the county sideline’ is a memoir written with Liam Hayes. It promises to be a fascinating and insightful read.


Missing Miriam


Naturally – when I recovered from the shock – I rang the Editor of Life Magazine (Sunday Independent) to make my complaint.

  “I bought the Sunday Independent yesterday” I explained to the Editor, who listened with ill-disguised impatience.

  I told him that once I had released the Life Magazine from the various sections, I was of course stunned to discover the great omission.

  “What great omission?” he asked, with a sigh.

  “I’ll tell you what great omission!” I said, proceeding to tell him.

  “There was no cover photo of Miriam O’Callaghan, and no eight-page spread on her inside the magazine!” I said, with feeling.

  Stunned by the extraordinary revelation, the Editor apologised profusely and promised that normal service will resume soon. It was, he admitted, a horrendous oversight.

  Miriam, he assured me, would very soon return to her natural home. I don’t know who’s going to break it to Claire Byrne (or Marty Morrissey).


One studio, three big egos!


I quite like Sky Sports’ unlikely new pundit, Jose Mourinho (Latest appearance: ‘The Main Event’ last Sunday…cue usual excessive hype). Pundit Mourinho is more likeable than tedious, dramatic, self-indulgent Manager Mourinho…in fact some of his tactical insights are fascinating, his knowledge of the game making him quite an interesting addition to the Sky panel.

  On Sunday, it was a heavyweight panel…Graeme Souness, Mourinho and Roy Keane…a lot of ego on show, each guest trying hard to come across as the coolest! (A nervous minute or two for any Sky Sports employee who met those three in the elevator!).

  The Souness/Mourinho/Keane combination worked well enough, but I honestly think they were tiptoeing around one another, none of the three quite ready to presume to assume the ‘top dog’ role just yet. If anything, there seemed to be a bit of deference to Mourinho.

  Solid enough then, if not exactly brilliant, from a line-up that looks mouth-watering on paper. A lot more pedestrian than the often brilliant Brady/Dunphy/Giles dream team of times past (on RTE).

  Mourinho never reached great heights as a player, but this trio would have been a very interesting midfield combination…Souness and Keane intimidating anyone who came near them, Mourinho wearing opponents down by shrugging his shoulders, raising an eyebrow and engaging opponents in philosophical debate.


Funny phone call


I see Donald Trump’s in all sorts of trouble again, this time for allegedly bad-mouthing potential Presidential election rival Joe Biden in a phone call to the President of the Ukraine.

  But hey, isn’t the newly-elected President of the Ukraine a comedian? Yeah? So what’s the big deal?

  I mean, what’s wrong with two comedians comparing/discussing material in a phone call?