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Jackie Cahill

Jackie Cahill
Tipperary native Jackie Cahill has written for a host of Irish newspapers and magazines. He has penned four books – the biographies of Brendan Cummins (Tipperary), Davy Fitzgerald (Clare), Conor Mortimer (Mayo) and former inter-county football referee Paddy Russell.

Opinion: It’s Back To The Drawing Board But Mayo Will Come Again

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 1/10/2016 Dublin vs Mayo Mayo's Andy Moran with his daughter Charlotte at the end of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

When you go balls out in the business of predicting football matches, you really have to leave them hanging. In the almost fortnight between the drawn All-Ireland final replay, various pundits flip-flopped between Mayo and Dublin. You may recall that I penned a piece immediately after Dublin’s victory over Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final, predicting that you could take it …

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Gavin And Dublin Ready To Etch Their Names Into The History Books

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final 6/8/2016 Dublin vs Donegal Dublin's Jim Gavin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine OÕSullivan

Jim Gavin has been busy swatting away the inevitable ‘Heffo’ comparisons in recent times. The late, great Kevin Heffernan presided over three All-Ireland wins during two separate terms in charge of Dublin in 1974, 1976 and 1983. He surprisingly stepped aside before Dublin launched a successful defence of their title in 1977, presided over by player-manager Tony Hanahoe. But Heffo …

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Tipperary Cannot Afford To Fail This Latest Kilkenny Test

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 14/8/2016 Tipperary vs Galway Tipperary players compete Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Penning the autobiography of Brendan Cummins with the man himself last year, one of the lines that got me most was his description of exactly what it takes to see off Kilkenny in an All-Ireland senior hurling final. Before a team meeting ahead of the 2010 final, two-time All-Ireland winner Cummins spoke to his team-mates and delivered the following message: …

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Opinion: Dublin Won The All-Ireland Final In Beating Kerry On Sunday

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/8/2016 Dublin vs Kerry Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Take it as read. Dublin will be crowned All-Ireland Senior Football champions on September 18. I trotted up to Croke Park with former Mayo star Conor Mortimer on Sunday afternoon. Conor’s a guy who’s experienced final heartbreak with Mayo in 2004 and 2006, when they came into both finals against Kerry from different backgrounds. In 2004, Mayo flattered to deceive against …

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Preview: Kerry’s Loyalty To Their Aging Achievers Has Handed Dublin The Advantage

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 31/7/2016 Kerry vs Clare Kerry Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Two years ago, ten Kerry players who are picked to play against Dublin in this afternoon’s All-Ireland senior football semi-final started in the final victory over Donegal at Croke Park. The other five – Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald, Anthony Maher and Anthony Maher – are on the bench today and still very much involved. Colm Cooper missed the …

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