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John Ivory

John Ivory
John is a Journalism student in NUI Galway. He is an avid fan of GAA, Soccer and Rugby, and others. He’ll write on anything that takes his fancy. Follow him on Twitter @JohnIvory12.

Time For A GAA Calendar Year Season Has Come

Provincial Championships Dublin

Long suffering GAA supporters are well used to spending January afternoons frozen stiff in a stand or terrace, watching managerial tickets put the potential stars of the summer through their paces (although, given the sodden conditions underfoot, it is usually a much slower pace). However, that isn’t necessarily the case given that many players nationwide are not available to play …

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#GAAyouth Forum: Have Your Say on Your Game

Dublin Croke Park hurling

The second annual #GAAyouth forum will be held in Croke Park on October 24th and Kilkenny hurler, Michael Fennelly, is urging people aged 12-21 to apply to be delegates. ‘’It’s an excellent opportunity, and an excellent resource the GAA have developed. I never had anything like this access to top strength and conditioning coaches or top nutritionists, and I think …

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Gaelic Football 2015: Remembering What We’d Rather Forget

We, the GAA community as a whole, have quite short memories. As the competitions edge towards a fantastical autumnal climax each September, the goings on of earlier in the season are often forgotten – and sometimes we’d like it to stay that way. However, 2015 has been controversial and some things must be learned from.  A Drugs Ban Monaghan fringe …

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Cats To Progress But The Déise Won’t Fade

When the ball is thrown in on Sunday afternoon the battle between skill and will shall commence. Kilkenny’s masters will look to see off a young, enthusiastic and hard-working Waterford side – who don’t lack for skill either. Waterford are looking for their first championship win at Croke Park since 2008. In the three seasons that followed their ’08 All-Ireland …

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Kildare May Challenge but Kerry Will Reign & Here’s Why

Kerry, having come through their most arduous Munster campaign in recent years now face Kildare who have salvaged a season that looked doomed before they ever kicked a ball in the championship following relegation to Division three. The fact of the matter is Kerry have the better players, they have beaten better teams over the last few years and barring …

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Last Weekend Proves GAA Players Are Still Getting A Raw Deal

Much has been said about the commitment every player makes in the pursuit of inter-county glory. Player welfare has become a phrase used weekly, yet the organisation still has fundamental flaws that let down the men on the field. Last week Davey Byrne received a battering on the pitch and there has been a disgraceful silence regarding the matter from …

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Clare Should Shade It But Could Defeat Themselves

Hurling

Clare, having finally gotten the ‘championship win monkey’ off their backs with the facile defeat of Offaly, will now be looking to take their season to the next level. Cork meanwhile looked impressive at times against Wexford, but will need to match Clare’s intensity if they want to prevail in Thurles this Saturday. You’d have to feel Clare can reach …

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McGregor Needs To Be More Than A Champion

While watching Conor McGregor’s previous fights last night, a horrific thought occurred. What if he loses? What if the man who always said he will ‘obliterate’ the division, doesn’t? Like every athlete, he is beatable, but we like to ignore that. What ‘The Notorious’ has conjured up masterfully over the past few years is the persona of an unstoppable force. …

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How The Rebels Lay Siege But Couldn’t Overthrow The Kingdom

Walking up Lewis road towards Fitzgerald Stadium late Sunday morning, you would have been struck by two things. One, the sheer number of people around the streets which resulted in a plump attendance of 35,651. The other was the weather. We Irish love a good chin-wag about the weather and at half eleven Sunday morning you got the feeling it …

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