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Joel Slattery

Joel Slattery
When not watching or writing about sport, Joel will most likely be listening to American country music. Bad at predictions, Joel was also slightly uncomfortable writing this bio in the third person.

Ranking The Leinster Hurling Championship Contenders

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway The Kilkenny team pose with the Bob O'Keeffe cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

After Sunday’s blistering start to the Munster Championship, Leinster’s finest get to show the country what they are made of with three quarter-finals taking place this weekend. With defending champions Kilkenny waiting in the last four, the six teams in action at the weekend will be eager to avoid the minefield that is the qualifiers – especially now that defending …

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Are Monaghan All-Ireland Title Contenders?

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round, Clones, Co. Monaghan 20/5/2017 Monaghan vs Fermanagh Monaghan team huddle

One of the impressive early performances in the football championship last weekend came from Monaghan. Admittedly, beating Fermanagh isn’t the best win they have ever recorded, but yet there was a certain confidence about their first round win. Leading by just a point mid-way through the second half, Monaghan put their foot on the gas and blitzed Fermanagh to secure …

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Wait, What Will Happen If New York Actually Beat Sligo?

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Round 1, Gaelic Park, New York 1/5/2016 New York vs Roscommon A view of the pre match entertainment Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ed Mulholland

Believe it or not, the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship begins this week with the annual Connacht Championship opener in New York. The western counties travel stateside on rotation for the opening game of the SFC in what usually, but not always, turns into a routine win for the travelling Irish side. However, the theory of eventuality suggests that surely, …

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Opinion: It Was A Difficult Choice But Dublin U21 Players Should Have Played For Their Clubs


In the wake of the Dublin u21 footballers defeating Donegal at the weekend, attention swiftly focused elsewhere – to club fixtures. Dublin CCCC reiterate their position that club champ goes ahead this week despite U21s in A-I final. Seem determined to get them played — ConorMcKeon (@ConorMcKn) April 17, 2017 The players made another plea to the County Board to …

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Syrian Refugee Becomes Viral Hit Following U-10 Hurling Debut

All Ireland Under 21 Semi Final Replay 29/4/2006 General view of a GAA corner flag Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

The multi-cultural element of the GAA has been there for all residing in Ireland to see since the Celtic Tiger years. Particularly in urban areas, it is not unusual to see players from African or eastern European descent lining out for their local GAA clubs all over the country. The most recent flow of immigration into Ireland has been people …

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Opinion: Passion Is No Excuse For Davy Fitzgerald’s Antics

The only thing more curious than Davy Fitzgerald’s antics yesterday on the sideline at Nowlan Park was the lack of criticism he got off the RTÉ panel. Two players, who were tough men on the field, but typically knew where the line was, refused to get worked up about the incredible images of the Wexford manager walking onto the pitch, …

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Five Talking Points From The Weekend’s GAA Action

GAA Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2/4/2017 Kilkenny vs Wexford Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

What a day it was on Sunday with the final round of National Football League fixtures as well as the National Hurling League quarter-finals, with finals in the lower divisions also. With so much going on throughout the weekend, here are our five talking points from the last 48 hours on planet GAA. Wexford upset the Cats The revolution is …

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Five Teams In Bad Need Of A Win In This Weekend’s League Action

This weekend sees the final round of fixtures in the group stage of the National Football League as well as the quarter-finals of the National Hurling League. With some of the promotion spots already taken, there are still some big games this weekend. Here, are five teams that could do with a pre-Championship boost and get a win on Sunday. …

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Free-Taking Competition To Be Implemented If Quarter-Finals Finish Level After Extra-Time

Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final 15/11/2009 A sliotar is placed for a free Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'SullivanMunster Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final 15/11/2009 A sliotar is placed for a free Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

There could be history in the making this weekend as there will be free-taking competitions to determine any National Hurling League quarter-finals that finish level after extra-time. Should any of this weekend’s four games be tied after 70 minutes, there will be the typical two ten-minute periods of extra-time. But should the game stay level after this there will be two …

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The National Hurling League Quarter-Final Draw

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 17/4/2016 Kilkenny vs Clare Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

After the weekend’s hurling action, we now know the draw for the quarter-finals of the National Hurling League. With uncertainty about the structure of next year’s competition still unresolved, this year’s quarter-finals are still between the top four from Division 1A and the top Four from Division 1B. With so many permutations going into this weekend’s games there was nothing …

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