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Eoin Neylon

Eoin Neylon
Eoin is a sports fanatic who will watch pretty much anything sports-related. His main focus, though, is on GAA and Rugby. Although he still occasionally haunts the hurling field, he mainly watches and writes about the action these days.

Sonny Bill Williams Latest All-Black In Danger Of Missing Lions Tour

Lions fever is hotting up and with it, the injury list for the All-Blacks is lengthening. Inspiring centre Sonny Bill Williams is the latest injury concern for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. Williams left the field during the Auckland Blues’ Super Rugby win over the NSW Waratahs with a head injury and did not reappear after the Head Injury Assessment (HIA). Blues’ …

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GAA President: Hurling Championship Needs To Be Changed

2017 GAA Congress, Croke Park, Dublin 24/2/2017 GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

There has been much talk of the championship structure in football following the decision by GAA Congress to introduce the ‘Super 8’ format in 2018. Inevitably, talk of the hurling championship structure soon followed. The debate is sure to rage on as to what could or should be done to rejig it in various media circles. Speaking at the launch of …

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Ireland U20’s facing injury crisis ahead of World Championships

Ireland U20’s interim coach Peter Malone faces disrupted preparations ahead of the World Championships. With the competition set to get underway in Georgia at the end of the month, his side is now facing an injury crisis. A report in the Irish Times confirmed back three player Jordan Larmour will miss the tournament. The St Mary’s College man was in outstanding …

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Venue Confusion Surrounds Dublin’s Championship Opener

Dublin Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Wexford Park, 11/6/2011 Wexford vs Kilkenny General view of a full Wexford Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The Gaelic Football Championship opens this weekend in New York. As such, most of the focus this week will be on the Connacht championship and action on the field. However, there is a potential issue brewing in the Leinster Championship surrounding Dublin’s quarterfinal game. Dublin received a bye into the quarter-finals in the championship draw. There, they will play the …

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How The Hurling Championship Looks After Last Weekend’s Results

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 18/2/2017 Laois vs Offaly Laois' Patrick Purcell Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

For some, thoughts of the championship are a few weeks away still. However, for the majority of counties the May bank holiday weekend represented their second championship outing of 2017. In the Leinster Championship qualifier group, it’s nicely set up for a clincher final weekend of games. Laois maintained their winning ways over Meath to sit atop the group. Last …

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The Back Door at 20: How A Radical Overhaul Saved Hurling

Back Door GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay 28/9/2013 Clare vs Cork Shane O'Donnell holds the Liam McCarthy Cup while being lifted in front of Hill 16 by team mates Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

At the 1996 meeting of the GAA annual congress, delegates considered a radical proposal. Since 1887, the hurling championship had been a straight knockout tournament. Provincial winners met in the All-Ireland semi-finals and the champions were the one team that never lost a single game. By the mid-1990’s however, the championship was in need of a shake up. By that …

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Connacht Announce Contract Extensions For Two Local Stars

Connacht Rugby Squad Training, Sportsground, Galway 11/4/2017 Darragh Leader Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

In a statement posted on Connacht’s official website, the province have announced contract extensions for two up-and-coming stars. Eoin McKeon from Galway and Darragh Leader from Castlegar have both penned new contracts after a turbulent year for Connacht. McKeon made his debut for the Westerners against the Scarlets in April 2010. Since then he has proved an effective back row in his seven …

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Champions League Semi-Final Line-Up Revealed

UEFA have made the draw for the last four of Europe’s premier club football competition. A pulsating set of quarter finals means Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Juventus and Monaco will be in the hat for the last four of the Champions League. The match ups give us a repeat of last year’s final. The Madrid derby last year prove one of …

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Davy Fitzgerald’s Ban Has Been Revealed

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 16/4/2017 Wexford vs Tipperary Wexford Manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Jason Forde of Tipperary

It has been confirmed that the GAA authorities have slapped an 8-week ban on Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. His incursion onto the field in his side’s Allianz league semi-final loss to Tipperary wasn’t his first infraction. This, coupled with the on-field altercation with Tipperary players Niall O’Meara and Jason Forde, has earned the Sixmilebridge man the punishment. Meanwhile, the ban will …

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