Across the Four Lakes Podcast

40 Episodes

By: Presenter Kieran Murphy-a freelance sports reporter

A new sports Podcast where guests discuss topics related to their own sport. .

James Foley and his hopes of being a top GAA referee
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Almost four years ago, Kibride' s James Foley, decided to mix playing football with being a referee. It has gone well for him and after taking charge of a number of underage and adult county finals in Carlow last year, he refereed his first senior competitive inter-county game when Wexford played Kildare in the 2023 O'Byrne Cup. 
Here he talks about his experiences so far as a referee while he reflects on his role as Chairman of his beloved Kilbride club where his entire family are involved in some way or another. 

Blazing a trail. More than an end of year review with the new Carlow minor football manager, Mick Kehoe

Mick Kehoe "blazes a trail" as he recalls some of the sporting stories involving, among others,¬† Shane O'Neill, David Clifford, Rachael Blackmore, √Čire Og, Var/TMO, Roy Keane, Harry Bradshaw, Kellie Harrington, Tommy Payne, Rory Blackmore, St Mullins, Billy Walshe, John Treacy,¬† Steve Ovett, Gearoid Hegarty, Jack McCaffrey, Hannah Kehoe, Philip Walton.¬†
The recently appointed Carlow minor football manager reviews 2022 but also dips further back into the past and comes up with some wonderful memories. 

SETU Carlow senior football manager, Billy O'Loughlin

This year, Billy O'Loughlin managed Longford senior footballers who retained their division 3 NFL status.  In a winner take all, the Midlanders beat O'Loughlin's native Laois in the final game relegating the O'Moore County to division four. 
Here, in an extensive interview which includes Billy's memories of that day ,  the recently appointed SETU Carlow senior football manager  recalls great times when Mick O'Dwyer managed Laois to a Leinster senior football title.  

St Mullins head to Croke Park

"The hurling field is the central point of the community, " says St Mullins hurler, Seamus Murphy who has featured on successful Carlow Christy Ring and Joe McDonagh Cup winning teams in Croke Park. 
John Doran has six county medals with the club winning his first in 2010 but has never played at the famous stadium. 
Here the two St Mullins men look back on an amazing season which has seen the club emerge  as champions from Carlow.  They are in with a fighting chance of qualifying for a Leinster senior hurling club final when they take on Kilmacud Crok...

Preview of Leinster intermediate club final with Myshall manager, Brendan Hayden.

On Sunday in Clane, Myshall take on James Stephens in the Leinster intermediate club camogie final.  Here the Myshall manager, Brendan Hayden,  looks forward to the decider.

An interview with Wexford Youths star, Lauren Dwyer.

After a hugely successful underage career where she was capped for Ireland under 17 and 19 teams, she went on to enjoy, and is still enjoying,  a stellar club career with Wexford Youths. Injury meant she got limited game time  this year where Wexford contended for league and cup honours right to the end of the season.  Now,  she is fit and ready for the 2023 season. 
As a teenager, she roomed with Amber Barrett and was thrilled when the Donegal player scored that historic winner against Scotland which propelled Ireland into the World Cup finals next year. 
In this interv...

Clonmore and Colaiste Eoin, a successful and symbiotic relationship

After Clonmore beat Straffan in the Leinster junior club championship, vice-captain, Luke Connolly, spoke highly of Darragh Kelly, a teacher in Colaiste Eoin in Hacketstown. 
Darragh is a Meath man who has been teaching in Colaiste Eoin for 20 years. He has coached football teams  in the school  for many years now but more than anything else, he enjoys a wonderful relationship with pupils and players who respond positively to him. 

Stan Brennan and his passion for the game of Footgolf

"It is very hard for people to understand it and to see how good Footgolf  is just from hearing about it but you talk to anyone who has played it, it is great fun," says Stan Brennan.  
The Carlow man has been capped for his country in what is the relatively new game of Footgolf. Here, he talks about his passion for the game and says, that the sport is a test of skill and nerve just as much as golf and soccer are. 

Pat Ahern and his love of all things GAA

'It is part of what I am."
So says Pat Ahern who,  in all aspects of his life,  has been connected to the GAA in some form or another. As a player, referee, husband, parent, teacher, mentor and club official, the GAA is very important to him.  

Niall Carew, Carlow senior football manager on the Carlow SFC and the forthcoming inter-county season

Carlow senior football manager, Niall Carew, saw almost every match in the county's senior football championship and went to as many junior and intermediate games as time would allow him. 
From this, he has assembled a squad of nearly 50 players. He is optimistic about what 2023 will bring . He says he and the players have learned from 2022 and will bring new ideas  and a fresh approach into the O'Byrne Cup, the league and the championship. 

Joe Murphy, manager of Naas who retained the Kildare SFC title this year

As a manager, Joe Murphy has helped three different clubs to win county  senior football championship titles. Two in Carlow and one in Kildare. 
Old Leighlin, Eire Og and Naas. Here are a few words Joe used to summarise each club and in this interview he talks about his experiences with all these championship winners.
Old Leighlin- "Salt of the earth with a teak toughness."
√Čire Og- "it was always an ambition to train them at some stage."
Naas- "A huge challenge to go outside Carlow."

Ciara Quirke and Myshall's quest for a 23rd senior camogie title in a row.

"Hooks, blocks, work-rate-that is what gets you there."
So says Carlow and Myshall camogie star forward, Ciara Quirke as she looks forward to yet another county final on Sunday. 
She and her sister, Niamh, had the distinction of playing with their mother, Nuala in previous county deciders. 
Myshall have been the dominant club force in Carlow for many years now and Ciara is determined this is going to continue on Sunday. 

Jason Kane, joint captain of the Palatine team who won their 7th Carlow SFC title

On Sunday, Palatine won their 7th Carlow SFC title. Jason Kane and Jack Brennan were joint captains. Here, Jason Kane reflects on what has been an amazing year for the club. 
They were emotional times as well. A number of much loved and revered club members went to their eternal reward and it was Billy Kane's  third anniversary on the Sunday that his son lifted the cup. 
Jason talks about this and the many factors which brought the win which few people within the county predicted. 

Naomh Bríd's Rachel Sawyer looks forward to the Carlow camogie senior county final

"They are phenomenal" says Naomh Bríd's Rachel Sawyer. 
She is referring to Myshall who are going for a 23rd senior camogie final in a row. That respect will be put aside on Sunday when Naomh Bríd try to end that magnificent run.
This year, Rachel opted to play with the Carlow senior footballers and didn't play camogie with the county. She talks about the difficulties for dual-status players. 
She was also selected on the All-Ireland junior football team of the year and while Carlow were beaten by Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final, she says it w...

Linda Kenny-Chairperson of Leinster Camogie

Linda has given part of her life to the development of camogie in Leinster, Ireland but particularly in her native Carlow. When Carlow and Myshall won their respective  junior premier and intermediate all-Ireland titles at Croke Park in 2016 and 2017, she may not have been on the pitch but her work in promoting and developing the game in Carlow had a huge part in those unforgettable days. 
Here she reflects on many aspects of the development of the game in Carlow and looks forward to a time when all strands of GAA comes together as one big family. 

Benny Kavanagh, √Čire √ďg and former Carlow inter-county player

Benny Kavanagh has had a glorious and long career with club and county. He was part of the √Čire Og four-in-a-row team of 2017-20 but Rathvilly deprived them in their drive for five. Now, the Wicklow border side has knocked out the YIs in the quarter-finals this year. Two weeks on, Benny admits this still hurts as he looks back on what went wrong.
He also shoots the breeze on a range of other issues and confesses some of the rules such as the mark and the black card still perplex him. 

Dannah O'Brien talks about her Irish senior debut against Japan and looks forward to the future

On Saturday 20th August, Tullow rugby player, Dannah O'Brien made her debut in the two match test series  against Japan in Tokyo. She scored 18 points that day as Ireland came away with a famous win. The out-half went on to win a second cap the following week. 
Here, the 19 year old reflects on what has been an amazing experience for her but she is taking nothing for granted as she sets goals for herself. Dannah  is going into first year  in DCU and has already made her debut for Old Belvedere in the All-Ireland League. 

Game of My Life-The Story of 30 Carlow GAA Greats

Moling Morrissey, Cyril Hughes, Tommy Dwyer, Paddy Quirke and Paul Broderick are all household GAA names in Carlow. 
In the Barrowside edition of Game of My  Life, John Kelly collects the stories of 30 Carlow greats and in a fascinating book allows them to share their  memories of their experiences  in the Carlow jersey. 
There are also memories of times off the pitch as one former Carlow footballer relates. 
"Who were the other bunch, only Roy Evans and Kenny Dalglish and a host of other Liverpool people who were also out there for a few days. Well, they a...

A preview of the Carlow ladies senior football final between Old Leighlin and Bennekerry-Tinryland which takes place on Sunday September 18th

Separate interviews with former Old Leighlin manager, Barry Hayes, and Eamonn Byrne who looks back on 29 years since Bennekerry-Tinryland was founded. Both clubs have built up an intense but friendly rivalry over the last seven years and predicting a winner is not easy. 

Mick Kehoe, the St Patrick's manager discusses some of the issues which affect the Carlow and national GAA scene.

With the third round of the football championships just over a week away, I sat down with St Patricks manager, Mick Kehoe, to discuss what is going to be a tense and exciting week for his club and the rest of the teams in the county. 
The Tinryland man, who was recently appointed  manager of the Carlow minor footballers,  is articulate, easy to talk to and he was happy to discuss some of the issues which affect the local and national GAA scene. 
Among other things, he points out the way forward for clubs who have underachieved and...

Robbie Foley reminisces on great playing days with Naomh Eoin and Carlow.

Robbie Foley won his last senior hurling championship with Naomh Eoin  in 2005. If someone had told him then that the Myshall club would not win another title in the following 17 years, Robbie would surely have thought they were fantasising. 
Yet the balance of power changed and Robbie looks at this while reflecting on his Christy Ring Cup successes while he explains why he supported Mount Leinster Rangers when they played Oulart-the-Ballagh in the Leinster senior club final.
He is adamant that the balance of power will change eventually and he looks forward to when that happens. 

Mark Brennan, coach and a member of the Meath ladies senior football management team

Having captained the Carlow senior hurling team to a Christy Ring Cup victory and then going on and managing the Carlow camogie team to a junior premier title, Mark Brennan is no stranger to big days in Croke Park. 
More recently,  as a coach to the Meath ladies senior football team, he has been part of one of the great GAA success stories of all time. In this interview he shares the memories of these heady times,  outlines his philosophy as a coach and how the Meath players took ownership of their own situation and went on to win...

Turlough O'Brien, former Carlow senior football manager and his love for long-distance cycling

Turlough O'Brien grew up in a GAA environment and strangely enough this is where his love for cycling came from as he delivered letters to county board members which his late father, Jim,  had written. 
His love intensified for two wheel travelling .  Turlough has travelled around Europe on the bike and has been accompanied on many of his adventures by Mary, his wife. As each of this three children left primary school, Turlough brought them cycling on the continent for holidays they will never forget. 
He recalls arriving  to a town in Spain without a place to stay...

Pat Walker the Carlow soccer player who made good on the Scandinavian Peninsula as a player and a manager

In 1976, Pat Walker left Carlow to play for Gillingham in England. When he went on tour to Majorca with his club, he met his wife, Annette, who hails from Sweden. 
It was a significant  introduction and Pat eventually ended up  in the Scandinavian country while he also played in Norway. 
When he retired he went into management in both these countries enjoying considerable success.
He is still involved in soccer management but not on the same scale. He believes passionately that if Irish soccer is to get the best out of itself, the moves have to come...

Rathvilly's Glory Days. Club chairman, Pat Deering remembers the historic first senior football championship title in 1983 and what came after.

Current chairman,¬† Pat Deering, was only a chap when Rathvilly won their first every senior football championship title when they beat √Čire Og in the 1983 final. Two years later they won again and in 2021 they secured a ninth senior crown and deprived their great √Čire Og rivals of five-in-a-row titles.¬†
There have been great days for the Wicklow border club and Pat looks back at the careers of some of the great Rathvilly players who have pulled on a Carlow jersey. 
When asked would he run for The Dail again, he says, "Never say Never." He also refle...

American basketballer, Nate Shafer, reviews his time on the Victory Scholarship-Sport Changes Life in Ireland

American basketballer, Nate Shafer, came over  to Ireland on a Victory Scholarship in 2020. Covid meant he was unable to take up the scholarship but he reapplied the following year and was accepted.  He  played with IT Carlow. He had some great days but there were disappointments as well. For him, it was all part of the "fun".
In the National League, some of his colleagues were married with children and he says he was humbled to stand beside players who gave up their time away from families to play the game they loved.
American basketball might be sup...

Carlow Golf Club Professional, Damien McGrane on Padraig Harrington, the LIV Tour and how he has settled as the professional in Carlow Golf Club

Damien McGrane, talks about the greatness of Padraig Harrington. 
The Carlow Golf Professional opines that the "bizarre format" of the LIV tour will only attract players who are in the twilight of their career and who are out to make easy money. 
He says Rory McIlroy can be infuriating at times and has the talent to win more majors.
Finally, he talks briefly about the memory of winning in China 2008 and while it is behind him now he still is reminded of it by members and visitors alike. 

Does the club Master GAA fixture list need to be reviewed? A discussion with Paul Broderick.

Since retiring from inter-county football, Paul Broderick has helped New Oak Boys to an historic four titles in the one season including the Premier League  where they went through the season unbeaten. 
Barring injury, Paul could have played 40 soccer  games in the season. Unlike the local  GAA matches, the soccer fixture list is all but set in stone.  Paul says he would love to play more games with Tinryland.  He suggests GAA clubs have to come together and produce a Master's Fixture List which is set in stone and which suits both the footballers and the hurlers. 

David English reflects on his retirement from inter-county hurling but looks forward to the club championship now

After Carlow's final Joe McDonagh Cup game against Westmeath in 2021, David English stepped down from inter-county hurling. He admits it was a tough decision but now he concentrates on club hurling. 
He has won Christy Ring and Joe McDonagh Cup finals in Croke Park with Carlow and has pocketed  minor and under 21 medals with Ballinkillen. He covets a senior title with Ballinkillen. Here, he reflects on his hurling career with club and county. 

Remembering Palatine's 1972 Senior Hurling Championship win with Willie O'Rourke

It was their one and only senior hurling championship win.  Palatine's success in 1972. Offaly man, Willie O'Rourke, played at centre-back. He was one of only two players who wore a helmet at the time. 
He recalls the people who made it happen. Players like JJ Canavan, Sean Treacy, Fran Mullins. Then there was what is now known as the management team. Tom Neville, Sean Hickson, Mick McAssey, Dick Gladney and many, many more. 
Willie pitted his wits against the great Carlow players including Moling Morrissey, Cyril Hughes, Paddy Quirke and Terry Byrne. 
In later years, he went...

Carlow GAA hosts club drug awareness forum

One night,  you are sitting at home watching television.  A knock comes to the door. The caller informs you that one of your family members has a drug debt and that it has not been paid. You are told the debt is now yours. 
Your life is shattered.  This is only one aspect of the abuse of drugs in society. 
Carlow GAA clubs are taking steps to  remind their members and particularly young people about the dangers of taking drugs and where that path can lead to. 
Here Peter McConnon, a member of the Crime Prevention Unit, i...

Marty Mouse Kavanagh closes in on scoring record

As Marty Kavanagh closes in  as Carlow's   leading inter county scorer of all time , Pat Coady, who currently holds the record says he is proud to be able to hand over to his own club man. 
Coady also speaks about his club's arch rivals,  Mt Leinster Rangers, who have set the bar high not just in  club hurling in the county but at national level too.  
"We know the level of hurling Rangers are capable of."
Coady recalls a golf game where another St Mullins club man, the great Liamy Walsh, wouldn't talk to him because of his...

Life after inter-county football

Shane Redmond enjoyed a long career at underage and senior inter-county football with Carlow. Before the start of the 2022 season he announced that he was retiring but would continue to play football with his club, Tinryland. 
There are many aspects of playing with Carlow that he continues to miss but the sacrifices he made and the sacrifices his family, his girlfriend and friends made to support him he is glad that is behind him. 
He recently attended a wedding in Mexico and was able to go without the worry of his obligations to the county team. 

Des Kavanagh, President of the Irish Rugby Football Union

Recently, Des Kavanagh,  the President of the Irish Football Union, was back in his home club in Carlow where he had thrill of presenting his own grandson, Rian, with the under 14 Players Player of the Year. It was a moment to savour. 
Here, Des talks about some of the highs of his tenure in office. The triple crown in 2021, the emergence of ladies rugby in Ireland, the joy of getting to an Irish international rugby game when it looked, at one stage,  as if he might be the only President of the organisation who would not get to see...

What Now for Carlow Football?

After recent heavy defeats for the minor, under 20 and senior Carlow footballers in the Leinster championship, former inter-county player, legendary √Čire Og footballer and now a radio analyst, Willie Quinlan discusses what now for Carlow football.¬†
Going forward, he says a review on how underage squads are prepared and trained is a must  if Carlow is to close the gap which is developing between them and other counties. 
As a parent he discusses how he parks his disappointment when selection issues go against his sons and how he continues in his role as an unbiased radio analyst. 

Deirdre Tomlinson and her love for football and basketball

Deirdre Tomlinson may have retired from inter-county football but she continues to play at club level where she helped Bennekerry-Tinryland regain the 2021 club title which Old Leighlin had held for the previous three years.
Recently she took the Most Valuable Player award when  Midland Warriors won the Masters Basketball National title at the Basketball Arena in Tallaght. 
Here she covers a range of topics as she recalls a journey to Derry with only 13 players for a football league game but stresses this could never happen now. She describes her cycling mad father as phenomenal who, li...

Sean O'Brien announces his retirement and members of Tullow RFC pay tributes to him

"He has the strength of his father and the kindness of his mother."
Sean O'Brien announces his retirement and members  of his beloved Tullow RFC pay tributes to The Tullow Tank

Carlow cyclist Con Scully

Cyclist, Con Scully, is heading to Europe this summer. Here, he reflects on his recent good performance in the junior Gent Wevelgem in Belgium.  He has another event next week in Belgium. Once his Leaving Certificate is done the Carlow teenager is heading back  to the continent.  
These are exciting times for the 18 year old Carlow cyclist who is hoping to repay the faith, his sponsor,  Liam McLoughlin of McLoughlin Architecture has shown in him

For love of club and county-Carlow footballer, Darragh Foley

This is Darragh Foley's 13 year playing with the Carlow senior footballers.  He has no medals to show for it but he has the memories-both good and not so good. Here he talks about the introduction of the Tailteann Cup, and what it means to play for one of the weaker counties. He airs his views on the GPA, the proposed amalgamation of the different strands of the GAA bodies,  club, family and why Jamie Clarke of Bagenalstown Gaels has impressed him so much this year. 

Top hurling referee Patrick Salt Murphy

Patrick Salt Murphy talks about his love for refereeing, the lack of respect for referees which is driving new recruits away from the sport, the community aspect of referees and  gives his views on whether the GAA will have to consider giving referees more than just  their travel and meal expenses.