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Donal Cashin

Donal Cashin
Married with two kids, living in Co. Meath. Originally from Kanturk Co. Cork where my love for GAA began. Grew up listening to stories of Christy Ring, the Doyles the Rackards and other GAA legends. Supporting, discussing and writing about our national sport is a passion of mine.

Lack Of Coverage Doing Hurling Minnows A Disservice

For the Carlow minor hurling team 2006 was a landmark year not only for the Barrowsiders but also for every minnow hurling county in Ireland. Reaching a Leinster final against Kilkenny was a huge achievement, especially for a county where success in any GAA code is a rarity. Over a decade later in 2017, Carlow are now celebrating winning a …

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Cork Footballers Struggling To Find Leaders On And Off The Pitch

The 17th of October 2015 was the day the Cork County Board announced that Peadar Healy was the new manager of the Cork footballers. After a drawn-out process, a three-man committee along with Ger Lane, county board chairman, and Frank Murphy, county board secretary, decided that Healy was their new man and leader. To say the decision was surprising would be stating the obvious. …

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What Next For The Cork Hurlers?

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As the dust slowly settles on Cork’s humbling in Thurles, courtesy of Tipperary, Donal Cashin analyses what went wrong and what can be done to rectify the situation in the Rebel county.  Firstly, Cork losing by nine points to Tipperary was no surprise. This Cork team has lost its mojo and managing the Cork hurlers is now more a mental exercise …

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Every GAA Team Needs Their Clutch Players

football hurling GAA DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: General View showing the exterior of Croke Park prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Ireland and France at Croke Park on February 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With the league campaign over for another year, the GAA season now turns to the business end of the cut and thrust of championship. Analysis of the league campaign has gone in to overdrive as pundits across the country give their opinions of who’s up and who’s down compared to last season. What teams are struggling? Who can beat the …

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The Evolving Role Of Goalkeepers In Gaelic Games

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We take a closer look at how the role of goalkeepers has changed in modern gaelic games. “Paddy dashed back to his goal like a woman who smells a cake burning….” The words of the great journalist Con Houlihan, describing the now infamous goal scored by Mikey Sheehy against Paddy Cullen in the 1978 All Ireland final. A very talented …

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A Rebel-Ution Is Needed In Cork Hurling

Anthony Nash Cork

A passionate Cork hurling fan laments the Rebels’ demise, and ponders where to now for Kieran Kingston’s team. “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark” , to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The same can be said about the state of Cork hurling after Saturday’s lame performance. Like a Shakepearean tragedy played out in the amphitheatre of Croke …

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G.A.A. Players – Elite or Unique ?

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The explanation of elite sports people is one with no clear definition. World-class sports stars, Olympians and high performance athletes are all mentioned, but which bracket do our inter-county GAA players fall into? Once Kieran McGeeney opened up a can of worms by stating that GAA players were not elite athletes, and the debate has continued with current players criticising the former …

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GAA – The Money Game

As a nation we pride ourselves on the amateur ethos of the GAA, the players, the volunteers, the supporters, all as one. However the budget now required to run inter county teams and the revenue required from sponsors etc., shows us that not only is there an ever increasing gap appearing on the field of play, but also off it, …

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Can Anyone Stop Dublin In 2016?

Manage the hype, manage the media, manage the crowd expectation, manage the players, and Jim Gavin’s Dublin will be crowned All Ireland champions for 2016. The only hurdle I can see is, who will manage Jim Gavin? Gavin comes across as a very measured, very level headed individual, who will not panic under pressure. The one problem for Gavin is …

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