Michael Murphy pays tribute to ‘best friend’ Neil Gallagher following retirement

first_imgMichael Murphy says the year-and-a-half spent in Neil Gallagher’s company will have done wonders for Donegal’s emerging crop.Last Monday, it was confirmed that, due to a persistent back problem, Gallagher had been forced to retire from inter-county football. After 140 games in the green and gold, ‘Big Neil’ has become the latest of Donegal’s experienced men to step off the carousel.It’ll keep on spinning, of course, but it will certainly be strange for Murphy not to have Gallagher around. The two appeared joined at the hip at times and Murphy described Gallagher as ‘the best friend that was there’ as he reflected on the midfielder’s retirement.“It’s rare and it hasn’t hit yet,” Murphy said.“When the summer comes and you’re really in the routine and you’re waiting on the text about going to training, that’s when it’ll hit home. It’s a bit different not having him around.“He went back to give it a go to see if he could get the injury cleared up. He went through a lot of pain and I could see, as a friend, that it wasn’t worth it. “He’s such a good fella, the younger lads have such a time for him – he really brought them on and they all just know him as ‘Big Neil’. It was brilliant for those 18 months to a year for those young fellas to see the way he held himself.”CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO MICHAEL MURPHY’S INTERVIEWMichael Murphy pays tribute to ‘best friend’ Neil Gallagher following retirement was last modified: February 27th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalglenswillyMichael MurphyNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

Thorny devils grow giant legs to pin rivals

first_img Thorny devils grow giant legs to pin rivals Email By Elizabeth PennisiJun. 25, 2019 , 4:30 PM Romain Boisseau PROVIDENCE—True to their name, stick insects are famous for their spindly legs and lithe brown or green bodies that let them blend in with their environments. Males are typically much smaller than females. But tree lobsters—which include New Guinea’s thorny devil (Eurycantha calcarata) and the Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis)—are a glaring exception. Giant, cigar-size males sport thick hind legs tipped with powerful spines. Now, researchers know why these tree lobsters bulk up: to make sure they get their gal.Female tree lobsters can reproduce all on their own, so some researchers have proposed that males evolved their powerful legs to grab and hold unwilling mates. Others assume they use them to fight off predators. Still others wonder whether the legs are the equivalent of an elk’s rack—a weapon for fending off rivals.Researchers studying thorny devils in Papua New Guinea soon found that males and females are at equal risk of being attacked and eaten, meaning male-only bulking would make no sense. Video evidence of sexual encounters revealed females did not resist male advances, putting a nail in the coffin of the “unwilling partner” theory. But the females’ appetite for sex—they quickly mate multiple times with multiple males—suggests the rivalry theory could explain the males’ need to be big and strong, the researchers reported here this week at the joint meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Unlike their slimmer cousins, tree lobsters spend their days crowded into tree cavities. Females emerge after dark and hang out on the tree trunk for about an hour before heading out to hunt for food. It’s during this cocktail hour that males have their best chance to mate. So, they come out even earlier and jockey for position, sometimes fighting for the best spot. The bigger males wrap a hindleg around smaller rivals, convincing them to move on, the researchers report. And having that extra bulk really makes a difference: The bullies mate twice as often as their less macho peers.last_img read more