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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

Opinion: The All-Ireland Hype Won’t Beat Mayo This Time Around, But Dublin Will

Ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park, it’s been hard for some to predict a winner between reigning champions Dublin and regular also-rans Mayo. Those who wear green and red have approached the final showpiece with their usual optimism despite facing into a tough task in trying to unseat Jim Gavin’s Leinster champions… _ Look at this car. …

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Opinion: Why Mayo Are The Arsenal Of Gaelic Football

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 5/9/2015.Mayo vs Dublin.Worried Mayo fans during the second half.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

After stuttering over the line against Tipperary, many people have been quick to write off Mayo’s chances in the All-Ireland final, be it against Kerry or Dublin, on September 18. While it was not as dramatic as Shaunae Miller literally diving over the line in the 400-metre final in Rio, Tipp were going stride for stride with the Connacht side …

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Hurling: It Is Time For An Open Draw In The Under-21 Hurling Championship

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary 20/8/2016 Waterford vs Antrim Ryan McCambridge of Antrim with Stephen Bennett of Waterford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

With so much talk of championship structures, the one competition with the least balance and most unfair method of providing All-Ireland finalists has to be the under-21 hurling. Championed by many for its traditional straight knock-out format, the under-21 championships have been a fan favorite in recent years. Add to this the lack of a dominant Kilkenny side, the championship is …

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Limerick SHC: All-Ireland Champions Na Piarsaigh Are Eliminated

AIB GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 17/3/2016 Na Piarsaigh vs Ruairí Óg Cushendall Na Piarsaigh's Shane Dowling Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

There was a major shock on the club hurling scene in Limerick this weekend. All-Ireland senior club hurling champions Na Piarsaigh’s reign as county, provincial and national kingpins ended last night after they were knocked out of the Limerick SHC. Despite enjoying a comfortable win over South Liberties on Friday night, Ballybrown’s win over Doon means the city side, who …

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Six Contenders To Take Over As Limerick Hurling Manager

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 9/7/2016 Clare vs Limerick Limerick manager TJ Ryan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

TJ Ryan resigned as Limerick senior hurling manager, a press release issued by the county board confirmed last night. This is far from a surprise as Ryan hinted at his departure in the wake of the county’s defeat to Clare in the qualifiers on Saturday night. Here we look at some of the likely contenders to step into the hot …

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Opinion: The Hurling Championship Can Come Alive This Weekend

The Hurling Championship has shipped a lot of criticism so far this year as the public struggles to come to terms with the fact that the sweeper is here to stay. Add to this the fact that the games themselves haven’t been all that memorable doesn’t help either. Now, let’s not read hurling its last rites just yet. Remember just a …

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