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Allianz Football League Round Two Predictions: Divisions 1 and 2

COUNTY LAOIS, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 06: Action during The Allianz GAA National Football League match between Laois (blue) and Meath (green/yellow) at O'Moore Park on February 06, 2011 in Portlaoise, Ireland (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Competitive football’s return last weekend saw the Dubs defeat the Kingdom once again in a rematch of 2015’s All-Ireland final and three all-Ulster clashes as a few early markers were set down in the top two divisions. Here are predictions for this weekend’s second round of fixtures in Divisions 1 and 2. _____ Division 1 Saturday, February 6 Mayo vs Dublin, …

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Former Roscommon Goalkeeper Shane Curran To Run For Election

RTÉ journalist Micheal Lehane confirmed on twitter on Thursday evening that former Roscommon inter-county goalkeeper Shane Curran will be running on the Fianna Fáil ticket in the upcoming general election. Confirmed: Former Roscommon Goalkeeper Shane Curran added to FF ticket in Roscommon-Galway #GE16 — Mícheál Lehane (@MichealLehane) February 4, 2016 The popular and effervescent 44-year-old from Castlerea will fight it …

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Concussion Cost Inevitable For GAA

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 20: The Sun falls behind the stand during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Croke Park (the GAA headquarters) on March 20, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Let’s just say that the Allianz Football Leagues for 2016 didn’t get off to the best start. Cork’s impressive dismantling of Mayo was marred in controversy as, once again, the topic of player welfare and concussion arose within GAA circles. The men at the centre of the controversy were Mayo’s Lee Keegan and Cork’s Eoin Cadogan. A nasty clash of …

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GAA Sabbaticals: Positive Or Negative?

The levels of commitment required in GAA are an endless bone of contention today. It is hard to know what’s more annoying, the amount of talk about it or the lack of action. As 2016 begins, numbers are diminishing as some players move away while other are talking breaks from inter-county GAA. Here we ask: is this a positive or …

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Video: Kildare’s Daniel Flynn Scores Early Contender For Goal Of The Year

Winter football, as it still was January yesterday, is not noted for wonder scores. However, yesterday’s games in the opening round of National Football League threw up more than its fair share of rockets. Kildare got their Division 3 campaign off to the perfect start, with a 2-9 to 0-11 win away to last year’s Leinster finalists Westmeath. Substitute Daniel Flynn shipped …

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Syrian Refugees In Berlin Are Being Introduced To Hurling

Berlin’s first gaelic games club was founded in 2012 by Dublin native Colin Manning. The following year with the help of Kerry footballer, Chris Hennessy, the club began to expand. Due to the vast size of the city, the club split into two sides; Berlin GAA and Setanta Berlin, the latter focusing on families and kids. Despite the tragic passing …

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Toulon To Host Gaelic Football Match Ahead Of Crunch Game With Stade Francais

ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup Final

The Azur Gaels have been invited to play an exhibition match at the Allianz Riviera Stadium. Although they have only been in existence since last September, the Azur Gaels have been invited to demonstrate gaelic football before Toulon’s highly anticipated Top 14 clash with Stade Francais on Sunday. With 35,000 fans expected to pack out the Allianz Riviera Stadium, it certainly …

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Lean And Mean Mickey Burke Shows Off New Meath Jersey

It’s that time of year again. This weekend sees the kick-off of the 2016 National Football League campaign, which gives us both an injection of competitiveness and interest following the nationwide pre-season tournaments. It also puts the game under the experimental microscope, where we see new players, new tactics and new kits. Only a few days ago came news of …

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Nationalism, Identity And The Problem With The GAA

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: A general view of the crowd during the International Rules Second Test between Ireland and Australia at Croke Park on November 5, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Dáire O’Driscoll takes an in-depth look at the contradictory nature of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s restrictions on displaying political views within GAA arenas. “The (Gaelic Athletic) association is apolitical. Any member is allowed to have their own political views or opinions outside, but Croke Park is not the place to make political gestures.” These are the words of the GAA’s head of Media Relations, …

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