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John Fitzpatrick

A GAA enthusiast with an interest in Soccer and Rugby, John is the eternal student, currently studying for a masters in NUIG.

Fix the Fixtures: GAA Club Players Association Taking A Stand

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 3 17/7/2010 General view of a GAA ball Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie GAA Club Players Association

After years of worsening conditions, a groundswell of frustration among GAA club players has finally manifested itself as the Club Players Association. The organisation launches its campaign today at the Ballyboden St Enda’s club. Their aim is to improve the fixture conditions for players in over 2300 clubs across the county. The idea of a club player representative body has …

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Why Conor McGregor Will Never Be Accepted By The Mainstream In Ireland

TORRANCE, CA - FEBRUARY 24: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference with lightweight contender Nate Diaz at UFC Gym February 24, 2016, in Torrance, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The RTÉ Sports Person of the Year awards take centre stage tonight with a host of Ireland’s best athletes nominated. This award recognizes 12 of the country’s highest achievers in sports from soccer through to sailing. Certainly the appearance of Conor McGregor on the list should not be surprising given his accolades this past year – the first UFC fighter to …

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Twitter Reacts To The 2017 GAA Championship Draw

John McGrath with Killian Burke 22/5/2015

The draw for the 2017 GAA inter-county Championships took place live on RTÉ last night, to much fanfare. The draw gave us some sizzling prospects to look forward to in the early rounds of the Championship in both codes. As the draw unfolded, GAA fans took to Twitter to express their feelings about each draw. ______ Football The Dubs will …

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Liverpool and Manchester United Have Issued A Joint Statement Before Their Premier League Match-Up

Chelsea v Liverpool - Premier League

Following on from their heated meeting in the Europa league earlier this season, Manchester united and Liverpool have issued a joint statement to fans before next Monday’s Premier League clash. The statement, which was shown on LiverpoolFC.com, reads as follows: “Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between …

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The Championships Are Over For Another Year But The Plight Of Club Players Continues

Dublin Senior Club Football Championship Round 2, Parnell Park, Dublin 9/10/2016 
Ballymun Kickhams vs St. Brigids
Ballymun's Dean Rock
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

‘Mind the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves’. That’s good financial sense, right?! The GAA have had a reputation for being financially savvy over the past few years. Unfortunately, the association continues to ignore this dictum in relation to their greatest resource – the club player. The 2016 inter-county Championships are over. The history books will note it …

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