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Joel Slattery

Joel Slattery
Sub-editor at Pundit Arena. Bad at predictions, Joel was also slightly uncomfortable writing this bio in the third person. Twitter: @JoelSlattery

GAA: Five Talking Points From The Opening Week Of The Season

Dublin DCU GAA

The 2017 GAA season got underway last week as Dublin faced off with Carlow in the Walsh Cup. However, the weekend saw the first slate of games as a number of counties got their seasons underway. Here are our five talking points from the weekend’s action Davy’s Back Wexford enjoyed an easy win over UCD in Davy Fitzgerald’s first game …

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Opinion: Minister Shane Ross’s Comments On MMA Misguided

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 11, Riocentro Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 16/8/2016 Men's Bantamweight 56kg Quarter-Final Michael Conlan (Red) vs Vladimir Nikitin (Blue) Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD watches today's bout Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joel Slattery argues that Shane Ross’s views on mixed martial arts are completely missing the point. Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport made headlines on Friday, calling the sport of MMA “disturbing”. Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail (via RTÉ), Ross said he feels the sport has a long way to go until the government officially recognises it. “This is …

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Four Things You Should Expect To See In Pre-Season GAA Tournaments

Dublin Hurling GAA

The intercounty GAA season got underway on Wednesday night with Dublin’s hurlers getting a win over Carlow in the Walsh Cup in what was a pretty low-key start to the year – even by GAA standards. However, there are a number of things you can expect from January action, where hope springs eternal for all teams. People give out about colleges! …

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Reasons To Believe: Can Cork Improve in 2017?

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 9/7/2016 Cork vs Wexford Cork's Patrick Horgan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

With the 2016 inter-county season in the books, it is never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season. In this series, we will look at all the contenders and see what they can achieve in the new year. This week, we look at Cork at see if they can put a few bad seasons behind them and improve …

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Reasons To Believe: Can Kilkenny Bounce Back?

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 6/3/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With the 2016 inter-county season in the books, it is never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season. In this series, we will look at all the contenders and see what they can achieve in the new year. The series continues with a look at Kilkenny – last year’s beaten All Ireland finalists. Team: Kilkenny Manager: Brian Cody …

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