No regrets! Okay, maybe just a few then… Top GAA stars reveal greatest regrets

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how much does skelaxin cost A novel idea has provided the platform for one of many Book launches, in time for the Christmas market, and those behind that idea are the pupils of Saint Hugh’s National School, Dowra, as they hope to raise funds for the upgrading of their School’s Sports Facilities.

casodex bijsluiter 4mg “The Scrapbook of Regrets” will be a new addition to the bookshelves and it provides a fascinating read on the ‘regrets’ of some of the finest gaelic football players and managers ever to be involved in the game.

In a fantastic 220 page, full colour book, the answers provided by some of the greatest names in football from 31 counties and spanning eight decades, reveal their greatest regrets.

As Padraig Kenny puts in his foreword…

“Although it may seem an unusual premise for a book, its purpose was to unearth untold stories and provide a different perspective to events and characters in the GAA’s history… it is not just defeats in matches that still play on the minds of many football legends. Their regrets are wide and varied and provide fascinating insights into their careers”.

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While there are some intriguing “greats” in there such as Pat Spillane, Tomás Ó Sé, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Jim McKeever, Anthony Tohill, Seamus Moynihan, Pete McGrath, Martin McHugh, Ciaran Whelan, Charlie Redmond, Padraic Joyce and Graham Geraghty to name just a small few from outside of the O’Neill County, there are an impressive total of seven Tyrone GAA Legends who give an insight into any regrets they may have had on or off the field. Overall there are 155 great players who are included in the book.


Some of the ‘greatest’ players ever to play the game – Peter Canavan, Plunkett Donaghy, Ryan McMenamin, Frank McGuigan, Stephen O’Neill, Conor Gormley and Owen Mulligan

Conor Gormley, Plunkett Donaghy, Frank McGuigan, Ryan McMenamin, Peter Canavan, Stephen O’Neill and Owen Mulligan are the magnificent seven in question and it is certainly a terrific read indeed as we learn of those little or not so little moments which ‘haunt’ these great players as they reflect on truly remarkable footballing careers.

While you will have to buy the book (and it is well worth it!) to read all of them, we provide just a small snippet here into just a few of those which the Tyrone players in particular have highlighted…

click Conor Gormley has a few that he reflected on and one in particular is actually surprising now when you look back at it…

“Not being able to captain my county. It would have been a great honour”

The fact he produced the “greatest” and certainly most famous ‘block’ in a major footballing match, with his incredible pounce on Stephen McDonnell’s goalward shot in the 2003 final, stands out but his performances for the O’Neill County have been legendary indeed.

Moy’s star in the eighties and early nineties, here Plunkett Donaghy, has been one of the great midfielders to play the game. Indeed, Peter Canavan has quoted on many occasions that had Donaghy not retired in 1994 he believes that Tyrone would have actually won their first All Ireland back in 1995, when they fell by that agonising single point to Dublin in the All Ireland final.

Naturally there were a few things that prey on the mind of “Tyrone’s midfield blonde bombshell” as was quoted in reference to Donaghy and this one is sure to rank up there with many players, particularly from Ulster, in the eighties and nineties…

“The backdoor system did not exist when I played. Once your football team was knocked out in the championship your football season was over. I wish we had a back-door system back then”

Ardboe and Tyrone GAA’s source site Frank McGuigan has justifiably been labelled as one of the greatest forwards ever to play the game and few, including those from outside of Tyrone, will ever forget his astonishing eleven points from play against Armagh in the 1984 Ulster final (see video above).

Including the cutouts and reports from the media at the time in Frank’s section of the book, he highlights a few regrets and one or two that many players would think significant.

“After I hurt my leg badly, I was not fit to kick football with the boys as they grew up”

When considering just who the boys turned out to be with Frank Jnr, Brian, Tommy and Shay all having starred for the Tyrone seniors it must still provide considerable pride for the great McGuigan as he looks back over his and his son’s careers… Ryan McMenamin, or ‘Ricey’ as he is so widely known, is another Tyrone legend who has had outstanding highs and lows with club and county and continues to excel in his club jersey. Brilliant in his work-rate, dynamic runs out of defence and popping up with crucial scores even despite maybe lining out at corner back, Ricey also had a reputation (as he has said himself) of living life on the edge on the field of play. The dynamic Tyrone defender still manages to be critical of himself despite three All Irelands and an all-star!

“Not working enough on my weaknesses – kicking with the left, catching a high ball. I could have been a better footballer”

A statement indeed that would raise a few eyebrows, for a player whom many would label as having been a banker on their team of the noughties!

And what about “the greatest of them all”. why do guys ignore you after a hookup Peter Canavan will surely rank as one of the greatest (if not thee greatest) forwards/players ever to play the game. His unerring class, skill, pace, determination, leadership and strength on the field of play still bamboozles those who look back on DVDs and video clips of this play. He excelled for both club and county and finished with County and Provincial Club titles as well as three All Ireland and six all-star gongs to his name.

Yet even the player, who was known to the fans as “God” during his career, has those few titbits which still irk him years on…

“Losing the 1995 All Ireland final to Dublin. I slipped in the dying seconds of the game and the ref judged that I touched the ball on the ground – Dublin won by a point!!”

Of course in that particular incident his pass found Sean McLaughlin who put the ball over the bar before Paddy Russell disallowed the equalising score and instead awarded Dublin a free out. All Ireland lost and that is one that still haunts many Tyrone gaels not just Peter! Stephen O’Neill‘s performances throughout Tyrone’s ten match All Ireland winning run in 2005 earned him the “Footballer of the Year” accolade that season and his impact and the sheer fantastic quality of the scores which he delivered along the way were an absolute treat to behold. Even looking back on them now you still wonder how he threaded half of the scores he put up through the posts as many were from almost impossible angles. The brilliant Clann na nGael and Tyrone full forward’s career was blighted with injury after the 2005 season but few will forget the awesome quality of his play in the red and white, and yet he too has a few regrets…

“We should have won more All Irelands. We had players in certain positions that were simply the best. However with the way that club football is set up in Tyrone I feel we could have won more if it was different”

Of course Stephen was a starring member of the maiden All Ireland win back in 2003 and followed up with gold in 2005 and 2008. Many of the players have said there were even more All Irelands in the team yet those historic successes and including the famous three wins over one of the all time greatest teams in the sport, Kerry, made sure that Tyrone were labelled the “Team of the Decade” in the noughties.

And then we have one of the most ‘charismatic’ players to have played the game for Tyrone, here Owen Mulligan. ‘Mugsy’ was another great player who many still highlight as bagging the ‘greatest goal ever scored in Croke Park’ with that famous run, double dummy and strike to the roof of the Dublin net in 2005. He too has a few regrets and we pinpoint one, which many may forget in that he did not actually start the 2008 All Ireland final.

“Not starting for Tyrone in the 2008 All Ireland final due to my social life taking priority over my life in a Tyrone jersey”

Many have heard plenty of stories surely about the social life of Mugsy but every Tyrone gael can still say with some certainty that he provided some of the most outstanding entertainment and dazzling play we have seen on the field of play during his superb career with Tyrone.

So there you have it. Even some of the greatest players who have ever donned the jersey for Tyrone GAA, not to mention the total of 155 ‘Gaelic Footballing Greats’ who are included in the book can have regrets when they look back at their illustrious careers.

Plenty in there for the reader and no doubt food for thought for many of the next generation who could learn a great deal from watching and talking to some of the finest exponents that the game of football has seen…

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Well done to the pupils of Saint Hugh’s National School on this great innovative publication and good luck with their fundraising.

The book is on sale and available at £15.95 (€19.95 or $24.95). Check out the link above on how to order your copy.