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Gearóid Ó'Ríada

Social Worker. Former Castleisland Desmonds GAA player and All-Ireland Medal winner with Kerry. Lifelong grá for Kerry GAA, Cork City FC, Manchester United and Munster Rugby.

Let Them Eat Cake: The Wire, Pricing Children’s Lives, And The Death Of The GAA

It has become alarmingly clear, particularly in relation to the ongoing Orkambi drug crisis, that many of the problems Ireland faces today are likely to engulf and ultimately destroy the GAA in the coming years.    At the time of writing this, two cousins of mine, Marisa and her six-year-old daughter Hannah, are residing in the University Hospital in Limerick. …

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All Quiet On The Western Front: Freud, Ireland’s Youth, And Mayo’s Destiny

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/8/2016 Mayo vs Tipperary The Mayo team stand for The National Anthem Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The public narrative of Mayo football is an all too familiar one; “They don’t have it in them to get over the line.” In contrast, some might argue that Mayo’s fortunes have simply been plagued by bad luck on numerous occasions. This article argues that the truth can be found somewhere in between, and that ultimately, Mayo’s persistence throughout the …

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Not Dark Yet: Bob Dylan, Dublin Dominance And The Future Of Kerry Football

Kerry’s defeat on Sunday has highlighted for most that the balance of power has comprehensively shifted towards Dublin in football’s most fabled rivalry. However, it can be argued that the cultural and historical importance of football within the county may yet see a “Kerry revolution” come sooner rather than later.   Sunday morning did not begin with a promising omen. …

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Gaelic Football in the Future: The Need for a New Championship Format

Excellent work is being undertaken across the country with regards to the promotion of Gaelic football at all levels but it is also being fundamentally undermined by an outdated, unequal and lacklustre Championship format that exists more due to a fear of change and progress rather than a genuinely innovative attempt to promote the game itself. As a former member of the …

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