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Maurice Brosnan

Sports Journalist, master of all trades, jack of none. Podcaster, Writer, Producer and Tipster. Special interests include Fantasy Football and eccentric managers. @m_brosnan

The GAA: A Community Like No Other

The GAA remains a true community organisation. There’s a touching moment in the absolutely spectacular recent documentary True North about Crossmaglen and its footballers where Margaret McConville is speaking about the death of her son, Thomas, and the comfort that she sought in football. What would you do without the GAA? If I didn’t have it I’d have nothing to …

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The GAA And The 1916 Rising

1921: Sinn Fein leader and Commander-In-Chief of the Irish Free State Army Michael Collins (1890 - 1922) throwing in the ball to start a hurling match at Croke Park, Dublin. Collins took part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and in 1921 he negotiated the peace treaty with Britain. Croke Park was the scene of the 'Bloody Sunday' massacre on Sunday 21st November 1920. (Photo by Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

When a group of men sat down in the billiard room of Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles at 3pm on Saturday 1st November 1884 they hoped to establish an organisation that would rekindle Irish nationality and provide an athletic pastime for the masses. Those intentions have underpinned the GAA since its inception and should be remembered in this year, the 100-year …

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Rugby’s Losing Its Credibility In Continual Comparisons With Football

England's prop Joe Marler (C) clashes with Wales' prop Samson Lee (3rd R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Wales at Twickenham in south west London on March 12, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rugby’s continued comparisons with how football is run and officiated is now doing more damage to the game’s reputation, argues Maurice Brosnan.  A concept that many sports fans have spectacularly failed to grasp in their persistent attempts to draw comparisons between rugby and football is that they are actually two different sports. Two entirely different entities, with different laws, different …

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Anthony Foley Denies Schmidt Selects Players And Defends Record

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Foley, the Munster head coach looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 20, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster Coach Anthony Foley has denied the theory that Joe Schmidt selects certain players or tells him where to play them. Speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Ball, Foley said that any belief that Schmidt was in contact with him with regards to personal selected or their position was “false.” “In terms of being told who to select in what positon …

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A Plea For Optimism In Inter-County Football

As last season’s football championship trundled to a halt, the connoisseurs of modern GAA mourned the abysmal standard of the competition and the game as a whole. Where is the entertainment in this we cried? We were not satisfied with an undeniably poor final. One good, one bad and one outstanding semi-final was not deemed fit to quench the thirst …

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An In-Depth Analysis Of Ireland’s Line-Out Issues

Maurice Brosnan analyses Ireland’s line-out issues. Of the countless areas that the departure of Paul O’Connell was going to effect, the-line out was always going to suffer most. O’Connell was a master of that particular set-piece, a dedicated student constantly trying to perfect its efficiency. Since his departure Munster and Ireland have had their line-out troubles. Both these sides use …

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Carl Frampton Is Yet To Prove That He Is Number One

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Carl Frampton (R) connects with a punch on Scott Quigg during their World Super-Bantamweight title contest at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

When a bout is so poor that James Nesbitt can sway in and provide the stand-out moment in a pre-match interview, then you’ve got a problem. Frampton v Quigg was a let-down, mainly because Scott Quigg seemed unwilling to engage. His approach was understandable and certainly the most advantageous to securing a victory. After all, it was this approach that …

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