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Tadhg Evans

Tadhg Evans
22 years old, student at NUI Galway

Martial Delivers To Spark Hope For Manchester United

Expectation is always accompanied by the threat of disappointment, and the grandest expectations threaten disappointment of the most maddening kind… No sport pledges to provide as much as football. No fixture offers greater hope of enjoyment than the meeting of Liverpool and Manchester United. When a clash between English football’s most unsuited bedfellows fails to deliver on its weighty potential, …

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August Didn’t Save Football, Let’s Hope September Can

BIC’s employees needn’t worry about the month ahead. Their children will be fed and watered, their standing orders will move cash to new bank accounts without a second’s delay, and they might even have enough notes left over for a celebratory pint or ten. ‘Thank God for Lixnaw’ they’ll say, ‘Mr. Fitzmaurice will head straight up when his day comes’. …

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Summer Saved By Game From The Hurling Heavens

“Jesus Christ Marty, what a f****** game heigh” – Michael Duignan at the final whistle of yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final. Right, so Duignan actually said no such thing, but surely even the most judicious prude at Montrose would have known better than to deny the Offalyman a lapse in refinement yesterday. Expletives are not to everyone’s taste, but they exist for …

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Tyrone: Nobody Likes Them, & They Should Care

‘I have to say on behalf of Tiernan McCann… if he had the chance again he would have responded differently to what happened to him and we all accept that’.  At that point, Mickey Harte should have stopped talking. He didn’t. ‘I just want to say that he wasn’t entirely to blame for all of this. If the player who …

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Inequality Exists In The GAA, But It Doesn’t Equal 7-16

37 minutes had ebbed away. Kildare were yet to concede a goal. Ten minutes and four nettings later, television viewers were subjected to an image so heartrending that it would have drawn the warmest of tears from the coldest man. Jason Ryan stood on the side-line, complete with fancy headset, vacantly staring into the abyss. Just before the camera left …

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The August Bank Holiday Weekend Ain’t What It Used To Be For GAA Fans Anymore

Later today, the All-Ireland quarter-finals get underway under a blanket of unfamiliar indifference. For thirteen years, the August Bank Holiday weekend sat proudly as the best weekend on the GAA calendar. Four quarter-finals would take place over two days, virtually all of them at Croke Park, and for many it marked the real start of knockout championship action between the …

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Time To Ask Serious Questions Of Camogie Association

Over the last week, camogie has occupied a space that it’s almost entirely alien to: a seat at the forefront of Irish media attention. It’s a placing that the sport struggles to reserve even on its All-Ireland final day, and one that it never keeps to itself for any more than a few hours.  Sadly, the reservation in question was …

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Admit It Frank, Cork Hurling Has A Serious Problem

They say admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery. Come on Frank, repeat after me: ‘Cork hurling is in crisis, and has been for some time’. To be fair to county board secretary Frank Murphy and his ilk, they are not the only men and women that could be accused of an oversight. Oddly, very little national …

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Great Kerry Team? Maybe Not. All-Ireland Contenders? Absolutely.

If episode one of this year’s Munster Final could be sourced as the motion against Kerry’s hopes of All-Ireland glory in 2015, Saturday evening’s renewal might just have been the counterargument. With the exception of Kieran Donaghy and Johnny Buckley, none of the Kingdom’s starting fifteen would have been disappointed with their own individual performance. If the Kerry defence was …

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