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Sean O' Neill

Sean O' Neill
Sean is currently studying History and English in UCD. He contributes to the sports section of the University Observer newspaper within the college. A keen follower of all sports and in particular Soccer, GAA, Rugby and Tennis.

Last Minute Scores Capture The Very Essence of The GAA Summer

Kerry GAA

There may have been no victors on the pitch last Sunday at 3.30 pm in Fitzgerald Stadium, but off it patrons and officials were celebrating. The stadiums namesake, Fionn, slotted over a last ditch point to send the 126th Munster Final to a replay. While both sets of player would have preferred the win, the viewing public, GAA officials and …

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Race To Reach Last 8 Hotting Up As Provincial Final Season Begins

With the provincial finals getting under way last Sunday, the thriller between Cork and Kerry signalled the beginning of the quest to claim a coveted place in the last 8. But are we any closer to finding out who will occupy the craved position of playing Championship football beyond July? The Football Championship is slowly creeping towards its most crucial …

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Van Gaal’s Manchester United Revolution Picking Up Pace

Sean O’Neill discusses how Louis van Gaal may just prove his credentials as a successful manager once again in England after turning things around at Old Trafford. Upon taking his first ever managerial role at Ajax in 1991, Louis Van Gaal shook the hand of the Dutch club’s director and told him, “Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world.” …

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Anderson: Biggest Waste Of Talent Manchester United Have Ever Seen?

As the curtain comes down on a Manchester United career that promised much, but rarely delivered, Sean O’Neill discusses the dramatic fall from grace of Anderson. As the mid-season transfer window drew to an uneventful close after a sleepy January, one of the deals that did go through saw Manchester United’s Anderson bring an end to his time at Old Trafford. After …

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Falcao Must Prove Worth To Manchester United Faithful

Seán O’Neill argues that Radamel Falcao’s time at Manchester United is nearing its conclusion, as the Colombian struggles for form in front of goal. The biggest sporting spectacle of the year, Superbowl 49, takes place this weekend. The man the famous NFL trophy is named after, Vince Lombardi, once said, “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before …

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UEFA Clear Path For Home-Nations & ROI To Reach Euro 2016

With England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all currently experiencing good starts to their respective Euro 2016 qualifying campaigns, the dream that all nations could reach the finals has a distinct possibility of becoming a reality. If all Home-Nations and the ROI were to arrive in France in 20 months time it would be an inaugural …

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Reinventing The GAA’s Wheel

Dublin Croke Park hurling

The 2013 All-Ireland Football Championship was labelled as one of the most exciting in recent memory with Dublin winning their 24th Sam Maguire. Despite the exhilarating nature of the championship with the emergence of teams such as Donegal and Mayo as genuine challengers in recent years, calls have been made within GAA circles for a possible restructure of the Championship …

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The Sky is the limit for GAA

Provincial Championships Dublin

The recent broadcasting deal that was struck between the GAA and Sky Sports has signaled a new dawn for the GAA and its broadcasting partners. From this summer Sky Sports will cover 14 games exclusively along with the All-Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals in both codes. Much controversy has ensued since the agreement due to the groundbreaking nature of the deal. However, the question remains; …

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Alex Ferguson’s Ghost Haunting David Moyes

The debate over the demise of Manchester United and David Moyes’ role at the club appears to be just as hollow as the Red Devils performance at Olympiakos last Tuesday night. Even the most avid and ardent United fans will find it difficult to somehow manufacture a defence case for the 50-year-old Glaswegian who appears to be losing his season …

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2014 Six Nations Preview

Sean O’Neill ponders the prospects for the 2014 Six Nations Championship. This year’s Six Nations Championship appears as if it will be one of the most highly contested tournaments in years.  The gap in quality between the stronger sides and weaker sides has narrowed significantly in recent years.  Expect close, tense and exciting games throughout the spring. The theory that …

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