All Ireland football? No. Our wee Province.

Lets get parochial.

It seems only a few weeks ago Cork took Sam back to the Rebel County – maybe because it was just a few weeks ago?

However, from now on down Down fans (mourning Mournemen?) and the rest of us get to forget the defeats and look forward to next year. Provincial football draws were made tonight!

As Slugger is clearly an Ulster blog, I’ll only note the fixtures for the Anglo-Celt cup:


Donegal v Antrim

1st round:

Derry v Fermanagh

Armagh v Down

Tyrone v Monaghan

Donegal/Antrim v Cavan

That Armagh/Down match looks very tasty.

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  • CW

    I see we’ve got a re-run of this year’s Ulster final in the Tyrone v Monaghan match.

    Monaghan will be up for revenge but Tyrone will be no walkover, especially with the possibility of some of this year’s All-Ireland minor winning team coming up through the ranks.

    It should be a very open contest in 2011. Down will no doubt make a bid to claim the title that got away.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Clearly Armagh/Down is the pick of the bunch. But the “back door” takes some of the sting out of matches.
    But I saw Monaghan destroy Armagh. And the Farney men are improving but maybe not enuff to beat a Tyrone which has prolly peaked.
    With my heart in Antrim and the younger FJHs all Armagh boys and girls……I have almost two very slim chances. Donegal were awful against Armagh in Crossmaglen and I think Antrim can beat them.
    Whoever wins that match can beat Cavan.
    Incidently the almost double header in Croker……Armagh/Dublin (football) Antrim/Dublin (hurling) finally proved which affiliation is the stronger…..Antrim.

  • Since the Antrim hurlers, like me, currently ply their trade in Leinster, I’d like to remind everyone they still exist. They haven’t gone away you know.


    Preliminary round:
    Antrim v Laois

    Antrim/Laois v Wexford

    So, if we beat Laois and Wexford, we get Kilkenny in the semi-final. Enough said.

  • Mark McGregor


    Sorry, like most of Aontrim outside the Glens I’m into big balls.

    Was remiss of me to not note the stick fighting country folks competition.

  • Mark, there are still a few guys left in Belfast who are pretty handy at wielding sticks.

  • Mark McGregor

    Was only kidding. My local club is pure football but the ‘wee man’ chose the sliotar for after school over football.

    And who could blame him, its a much better game to watch.

  • Even Pearses are making better shapes at underage hurling than football. Still hard to see win a senior All-Ireland in either code.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    I resemble that remark.
    Alas my Daughter in Law has her heart set against Hurling. Cant think why. There are a few decent clubs in and around Ard Mhaca.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    The thing that always gets me…….is that baseball bats are big sellers but hardly anybody plays it. Id have thought there would be some great teams made up of taxi drivers.
    Hurleys are so passé with taxi men.

  • Seamus Eolach

    “Sorry, like most of Aontrim outside the Glens I’m into big balls.”

    Sea. Sacair is what we call it”

  • getting into the mood at long last I see. You’ve obviously been following the dissident line of thought:

  • Munsterview


  • Munsterview

    And Kilkenny will be taking no prisoners the coming year !

  • Munsterview

    Sounds interesting…..what is it? Seems like the sort of thing that Italians could be involved in !

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Agreed. They wont take 2010 well.

  • PJ Maybe

    Most of Antrim doesn’t just care about either of these parochial “sports” full stop.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Armagh v Down is mouthwatering. Putting the Mourne upstarts back in their box will be the perfect way to mark the reopening of the Athletic Grounds.

  • Nordie Northsider

    ‘Was remiss of me to not note the stick fighting country folks competition.’

    Pwhat? A GAA fan slagging hurling from a position of urban sophistication. Don’t you know that Gaelic football is known as ‘bogball’ in Dublin 4?

    The historian Sean Connolly has a theory about faction fighting going into decline after the founding of the GAA, who formalized and codified it. I couldn’t possibly say.

  • HeinzGuderian

    I’m no expert…………..but you’d think a game called FOOTball,would be played with the feet ?? 🙂

    Catchy,runny,thowy,punchy Ball,is sure a better description ? No ? 🙂

  • Billy Pilgrim


    But it IS played with the feet. Not exclusively, hands are used too, but chiefly with the feet. Similarly, soccer is played chiefly with the feet, but players may also use their heads.

    How can you have so much hatred about something for which you have such little knowledge?

  • turnpike

    Don’t you get enough of this with 10+ pages of coverage daily in the Irish News (*one newspaper crusade against global sport)

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Apparently not.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Im no expert on Cricket……but shouldnt it be played with a small insect or one of Buddy Hollys backing group.?

  • ThomasMourne

    We didn’t lose, did we?

    The flags are still flying ……

  • Hopping The Border

    Problems with rugby football then too?

  • barnshee

    Meanwhile back in the real world of international sports

    RUSSIA 3 ROI 2
    NI 0 SPAIN 0

  • lamhdearg

    barnshee, N.I. 0 Italy 0.

  • barnshee

    I stand corrected blame the dementia

  • HeinzGuderian

    Oh you mean GARLIC Football…………..*tuts*,why weren’t you more specific ??? 🙂

  • HeinzGuderian

    Oh you mean GARLIC Football…………..*tuts*,why weren’t you more specific ??? ::-)

    BP…………..What is this *soccer*,of which you speak ??
    Hate ?? Hate ?? I haven’t a hateful bone in my body Sir !!

    Do you often jump to wrongful conclusions,or is this a first ?? 🙂

  • HeinzGuderian

    Norn Iron Football on Sky Sports today @ 4 of the clock !!

    I’m sure we can ALL wish them well ?? 🙂

  • JJ malloy

    The Onion is much funnier.

  • Alan Maskey,2844194,2844194,flash,257

    The GAA and politics: Well worth listening to. Besides the great Jack Lynch, Austin Stack and Jimmy Deenihan, Martin Ferris and Eoin O’Duffy also gets a mention. More than a mention in O’Duffy’s case.