He's back with a bang. The man who gave up golf with a great future behind him at just 10 years of age after being hit by a ball while making a counter attack at the Castlebar club turned his talent to picking winners and has made a small fortune doing it as a sideline. Having made a packet from Ernie Els before the South African went stale he also cashed in on Masters winner Phil Michelson, but his most recent strike produced an amazing double which netted him a four-figure sum from the young ladies across the road in Paddy Powers.
The word legend is often bandied about rather carelessly at times but in the case of Mick Ruane, whose sudden death shocked the town of Castlebar and the wider community in Mayo at the weekend, it can truly be said that 'the burly man', as he was affectionately known, was up there with the best.
Mick, as he had done on the playing field for Mayo and his beloved Castlebar Mitchels, showed great fortitude and character in battling his illness but finally succumbed at Castlebar General Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning.
Feeling caged in. Enjoying their All-Star trip and visit to the famous Alcatraz island were Martha Carter (left) and Emma Mullin. The 2009 All-Stars included Mayo players Noelle Tierney, Martha Carter and Emma Mullin, while Cora Staunton was the sole Mayo representative on the 2008 All-Star team. They played an exhibition game in Pairc na nGael, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California.
Dublin chief Pat Gilroy was amazed and bemused that his side didn't beat Galway under lights at Parnell Park. The boys in blue couldn't turn their early dominance into scores and once again they were made pay by the Tribesmen. Consequently you can back the Dubs at 10/1. Meanwhile, we posted Galway hurlers as the team to watch this year and given the standard of fare at the weekend in the leagues, it looks like we are in for a riveting championship. Cork and Tipp produced a league classic while Dan 'the Man' Shanahan showed he still has a bit left in the tank as Waterford come into the reckoning for the summer ahead with a terrific win over Offaly. Those who know about the game tell me it is worrying when nobody is talking about Kilkenny, who just did enough to retain their division one status.