THEY say you know you're getting old when the boys/girls coming out of Templemore look like infants, but here's three more ways we got that message in recent days.
1Tweeting is now the favoured communication method of young inter-county players, preferably while they're listening to music en route from the match on some contraption called an MP3 player, as Laois' MJ Tierney explained.
2 Paudie Mahony (Waterford), Kevin Downes (Limerick) and Paddy McBrearty (Donegal) are three of the latest teen stars to announce themselves on the inter-county senior stage. Mahony was a Waterford minor this time last year when, like Downes, he was sitting his Leaving Cert. McBrearty (17) will not be doing his Leaving until next year!
3 McBrearty wore gloves in a sodden Breffni Park last Sunday but only, apparently, at the behest of the Donegal management. He doesn't usually wear gloves because his favoured method of improving his grip is to rub his hair wax into his hands!
Kerry legends dog it out in track race
How high can you go? How fast can you run on a dog track? The former will be tested at the Scurlogstown Olympiad haymaking festival in Trim, the latter at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium this evening.
Former Kerry captain Ambrose O'Donovan will be among the runners in the Celebrity race in Tralee as part of the Kerry GAA Training Fund meeting. Ger O'Keefe, Mickey Ned O'Sullivan and John Meyler are also expected to go to post (traps?), while a few late entrants from Cork are also expected.
On Sunday, Scurlogstown hosts the 'Cic Ard' competition where the challenge is to kick a standard O'Neill's football as high as possible. A special set of posts standing at 120 feet high (they can be raised as required), designed by Tara Steel and Engineering, will measure the kicks There will also be 'cic fada' with a rugby ball. Proceeds to 'Aware'.
Arctic star's journey a real 'Lap' of honour
Donegal boss Jim McGuinness was the latest manager getting his clip-board in a knot last weekend, accusing RTE of disrespecting his players.
Jeez lads, is anyone actually enjoying the game anymore?
Actually, we found someone who is: Niklas Saav, who lives up near the Arctic Circle.
He undertook a round trip of 2,734km last weekend to play for Malmo, the 2009 Scandinavian Gaelic football champions.
The Swede took up the game last year and has since moved to Lycksele in Lapland but was still willing to help out Malmo when he got the call.
"It was two days up and two days back," explained Malmo secretary Joe Whelan, who calculated that Saav's house was 1,367km from their pitch.
"It has to be a world record for a fella to travel to a club match," he quipped.
Wouldn't mind but the lad only got 15 minutes off the bench!