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PA Report Cards: All Ireland Hurling Championship (Part 1)

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John Ivory is here to dish out the first of our PA Report Cards, grading each team’s performances during this year’s All Ireland Hurling Championship. First under the microscope are Cork, Limerick and Clare. Cork It will be tough for Cork’s faithful to get the sour taste of last Sunday’s semi-final defeat to Tipperary out of their mouths, but once …

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Ash Hurley Making Part 2: Traditional or Synthetic – Is the Standard Bearer Losing its Lustre?


In a continuation of Shane Kenny’s research into ash hurley making in Ireland, he highlights the differences arising between synthetic hurleys and traditional ash hurleys. CLICK HERE FOR ASH HURLEY MAKING: ANSWER TO A DOOMED EXISTENCE    A reliable source recently informed this writer that the supply of raw ash material in Ireland is set to disappear in the next ten …

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Tipperary – The Premier Power On

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Tipperary hurlers were written off and hugely criticised over the last eighteen months, and now they find themselves in an All-Ireland final. It has been a remarkable turnaround. Tipperary beating Cork may not have surprised everybody but the manner of the defeat was a real shock. Most people would have anticipated a shootout where a high scoring feast would have …

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In Hurling, Momentum Is Everything

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Cork’s capitulation on Sunday at the hands of Tipperary had both management and pundits alike scratching their heads. Where did it all go wrong for the Rebels? The Premier are not ten points better than their southern rivals. Proven players at this level flopped for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side, with basic errors and inaccurate shooting letting down the team. So did …

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Three Things Cork Hurlers Need To Change For The Future

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The Cork and Tipperary game was center stage last weekend, and while Tipperary were worthy winners, Cork were seriously disappointing.  Not only were they tactically naive, especially towards the Tipperary puck-outs, they attempted a short-passing game that they were not able to pull off. Taking all that into account, there are three key issues that Cork need to address if …

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Top Players from the Weekend’s GAA Action

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Cork and Tipperary went toe to toe in Croke Park for a place in next month’s All-Ireland showdown against Kilkenny. The minor game saw Limerick square off against Galway. Here, John Ivory ranks the top five players from the weekend’s action. 1. Padraic Maher – Tipperary In his best position, Maher showed on Sunday why he is regarded as one …

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Cork v Tipperary – Preview

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The second All-Ireland Hurling semi-final takes is set to take place. Cork and Tipperary go toe to toe with a place in the final against Kilkenny at stake. Sean Cremin is here to look ahead to the clash. Cork and Tipperary are ready to take their long lasting rivalry to Croke Park for the first ever time. Their Munster championship …

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Cork v Tipperary – Three Talking Points

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 In a look ahead to this Sunday’s All Ireland hurling semi final between Cork and Tipperary Brian Barry looks at 3 areas that could prove decisive in who progresses to meet Kilkenny in the final. Will Tippearay struggle at fullback? There are still question marks surrounding the ability of Padraic Maher to play at the edge of the square. He …

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Throwback Thursday: 1984 Munster Final

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To mark the first ever time Cork and Tipperary meet in an All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park, it’s only fitting that this week’s Throwback Thursday takes a trip down memory lane. We all know Munster final day is basically a national holiday these days, but the passion, skill, and excitement that accompanies it was no more evident than in …

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