AT last. After six games, 13 goals, 144 points, 479 mentions of the word transition, 107 shimmies, 106 by Sean Cavanagh, a fair few hidings and a handful of noteworthy slaps, the Ulster Championship is finally – finally – up and running.
OFF THE FENCE: In Ireland, we’ve turned mean-spiritedness into an art form. We’re quicker to condemn and criticise than praise someone. It’s our default position. And there’s no better forum for this desperate kind of begrudgery than the GAA.
BRENDAN CROSSAN’S profile of legendary Cushendall figure John McKillop in last Friday’s Boot Room has received widespread praise this week. So widespread in fact, this is basically an edition of Off the Fence in which the readers lavish praise on our esteemed colleague.
IT WOULDN'T be Christmas time without a selection box and this week’s Off the Fence has something for everyone - well, unless you hate the GAA in which case some would say (not me) you’ve possibly picked the wrong newspaper (don’t panic, heavyweight champion of the world and everybody’s favourite bleeding heart liberal Tyson Fury also gets his due).