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Danny Ryan

Danny Ryan
I’m a teacher qualified from UCC with a BA from NUI Maynooth to back it up. I enjoy Football, Rugby, Hurling, Soccer and indeed any chance to be distracted from daily life with the chance to watch sport.

Ian Madigan’s Move Is A Positive For All Concerned

Ian Madigan has done a good thing by moving on from Leinster, for a variety of reasons. Certainly, it has to be a good move for him. Moving from a back-up in an under-performing club to the lead man in an exciting, up-and-coming production in the south of France? Yes please. Experience a new lifestyle, a new style of coaching, a …

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Where Have All The Full-Backs Gone?

Kevin Reilly’s retirement has triggered a wave of nostalgia and reminisce in Meath this week. Certainly, there is a strong strain of sadness in among that, a wave of remorse at the loss of one of our leaders so young. It’s not just the loss of Reilly the man that’s set off these emotions, it’s what he represents as well. …

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Mickey Harte Is Building Tyrone 2.0

It’s August in Croke Park, and once again Mickey Harte is back with a Tyrone team ready for a Quarter-Final tilt after a successful Qualifier run. The success of Tyrone though the back door (29 games played in the Qualifiers, 24 victories) is one of the true dependables of the last fifteen years. This team is different to its predecessors. …

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Relax On Dublin, They’re Doing Fine

The hysteria surrounding Dublin’s performances this year is reaching ridiculous levels. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. In today’s media, there’s no way for Dublin to win. This is insane. Dublin are victims of their own prominence in this regard. Dublin started the year with Blitzkrieg victories over Longford and Kildare. General response: Dublin look good, …

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The Major Question Marks Surrounding Each All-Ireland Quarter-Finalist

After a weekend of football action that was largely predictable, it’s time to look forward to next Saturday, and to see what the biggest questions marks are at this point concerning the four remaining quarter-finalists. _____ Mayo: Can They Work The Long Ball Against Donegal’s Blanket? Mayo have had great success this year by being far more direct than they have been in recent …

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Can Dublin Be Punished For Being Marketable?

Yesterday on this very website, Ben Brosnan of Wexford gave an interview to our 16th Man podcast. During a wide-ranging interview, that is well worth checking out, Brosnan spoke about how Dublin’s outside funding is warping Leinster. “Dublin are always going to get that sort of thing. Playing for Dublin, you’re nearly professional. For all of them, their jobs are …

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The Provincial Football Championship Roundtable

We asked our top GAA writers here at Pundit Arena to have a look at the Football Championship so far this year. Here’s what they think….. Biggest winner of the year so far? (Exceeded expectations) Danny Ryan: Monaghan – The only team to knock off one of this year’s supposed Big Four, Monaghan proved that they deserve to dine at the …

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Can The Sunday Game Be Saved?

Time and time again this summer The Sunday Game has caused more controversy than the games they’re showing. If it’s not Fermanagh player Tomas Corrigan bemoaning his county’s coverage, its people being more interested in the sartorial decisions of the panellists than what they are saying. How can these shows be taken seriously? Can they be really saved? Here’s a …

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Can This Mayo Team Win The All-Ireland?

They’re really going to love a Meath man writing about Mayo winning All-Irelands. Mayo were devastating yesterday. Once again they’re one of the favourites for the All-Ireland. Once again you’d have to wonder if Mayo will ever win an All-Ireland. All the pieces are in place. Mayo have all the talent needed. As much as any county, if not more so, …

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