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Ciara O'Toole

Ciara is a graduate of Maynooth University. As a passionate GAA supporter, Ciara can rarely be found at home, instead choosing to spend her weekends eating sandwiches from the boot of the car just about anywhere around the country.

Wexford Hurling: They Say It’s The Hope That Kills You

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2/4/2017 Kilkenny vs Wexford WexfordÕs Conor McDonald celebrates scoring his sides second goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

No Leinster Hurling Championship semi-final has ever captured the imagination more than the June 10 clash between Wexford and Kilkenny. The fact that Wexford have already beaten Kilkenny this year gives the Model county supporters cause for hope, and nobody does hope quite like us Wexford supporters. It’s the hope that kills you, they say, but it’s also the hope …

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Fortune Favours The Brave As Tipperary Bid To Make More History

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 31/7/2016 Galway vs Tipperary Tipperary goalkeeper Evan Comerford encourages his team mates before the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

“Fortune favours the brave.” That’s RTÉ’s tagline for this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Tipperary. Few would, or could, have predicted at the start of the year that this encounter would take place, as Mayo, perennial favourites, take on Tipperary – a team that has not contested a semi-final since 1935. Yet here the men from the Premier find …

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Connolly May Have Been Targeted But Dublin Are Not Victims Of Modern Football

Another weekend, another buzz word for Gaelic football to add to an increasingly laden vocabulary. Targeting. Saturday evening’s All-Ireland football quarter-final double header at Croke Park has raised the issue of the targeting of high profile players by opposition players. Seán Cavanagh, Aidan O’ Shea and Diarmuid Connolly have all been discussed as players that received such treatment last weekend. While …

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Opinion: The GAA Should Be An Integral Part Of Our Educational System

Croke Park Croker GAA

Recently appointed National Hurling Development Officer Martin Fogarty made some interesting comments in recent weeks regarding his view that the GAA should take a larger role in the education system. In an interview with GAA.ie, he explained his view that hurling should be part of the school curriculum in secondary schools around the country. According to Fogarty, hurling and the GAA is …

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Wexford Are Not Dunne With 2016 Just Yet

It is nine weeks since the Wexford hurlers were defeated by Dublin in Croke Park and knocked out of the Leinster Championship, but the Yellow Bellies now find themselves ready for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Leaving GAA HQ on that horribly wet evening, not many Wexford supporters were in high spirits at the prospect of the qualifiers. The small attendance in Innovate …

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Pundits Should Appreciate Minnows Rather Than Write Their Epitaph

Football Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 12/6/2016 Tipperary vs Cork Tipperary's Brian Fox celebrates scoring their third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tipperary beat Cork. Galway beat Mayo. Laois beat Armagh. Cavan drew with Tyrone. What do these results have in common and why are they so significant? Is it because Laois bounced back from their defeat in Nowlan Park to take victory in the first round of the qualifiers? Is it because Tipperary finally broke down the door that they have been pounding on for the last …

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Choosing Nowlan Park To Host Laois-Dublin Was Simply A Token Gesture

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final 7/6/2014 Kilkenny vs Offaly The TV crew at Nowlan Park today Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Well, would you look at that? It turns out that provincial venues ARE big enough to accommodate Dublin supporters. After all the controversy regarding where this weekend’s clash between Laois and Dublin should take place, it turns out that there need not have been much worry at all as news filtered through that Leinster GAA do not expect Nowlan Park to …

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Online Abuse Of Players And Managers Has No Place In GAA

Wexford GAA

The Wexford GAA chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, criticised the abuse directed at his county’s hurlers both online and from the stands in the Irish Independent last week. This follows the county’s hurlers facing a demoralising defeat at the hands of Dublin last Saturday evening in Croke Park. Unfortunately, this is becoming a more common feature of reactions to games as social media …

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