James Mccartan

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Down fans on Hill 16 during the 1991 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

This newspaper’s headline stated bluntly on June 10th, 1991: ‘Down through after shambles’. A narrow win in vile conditions sent the county on their (...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores their second goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Meath in July 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Players make championships. What has happened to Cillian O’Connor has brought this truth into sharp focus. On the last day of the league, Cillian was (...)

Peter McGrath pictured in 2018 during his time as Louth football boss. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Peter McGrath sighs when asked about the sorrowful mysteries of Down football, saying it almost needs “a public inquiry”. The man who led the county (...)

Conor McKenna in action for Tyrone against Mayo in the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in  Castlebar. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

In the whirlwind world of Conor McKenna, it’s probably not too surprising that he hasn’t completely shut the door on his AFL career. Six years with t(...)

Seán O’Neill’s Down jersey and football boots, worn in the 1960 All-Ireland Senior Football final when they beat Kerry, and a football signed by the team, at the GAA Museum in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Of all the many conversations I’ve had over the years about the rise of the 1960 Down team, one in particular stands out to this day. And it wasn’t wi(...)

Fintan died sadly young in a car crash but when I think of him I instinctively remember the 1970 World Cup final and the two of us as kids, definitively on the wrong side of history. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

When required to reduce his 2014 concerts at Croke Park from five to three, Garth Brooks declined saying – somewhat controversially, you’d imagine, ba(...)

Roscommon county board were unable to ratify a new football manager on Monday night. According to a statement, it had been “hoped to put the name of t(...)

James McCartan says that a good barometer of how his teams were doing at the end of the match was where he was to be found on the field. He recalls ho(...)

Down’s decline has been swift since they  lined up for the All-Ireland senior football final against Cork in 2010, a game they lost by just a single point.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

An hour or so after Down’s All-Ireland football final defeat to Cork in 2010, James McCartan sat among reporters and spoke positively about the futur(...)

Martin Clarke was a key factor in Down reaching the All-Ireland senior football final in 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

As a silent commentary on how Down football in the space of little over six years went from being within centimetres of an All-Ireland to celebrating (...)

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