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David O’Callaghan Looking Forward To League Campaign With Dublin

David O’Callaghan and Dublin are gearing up for the 2016 National Hurling League campaign. With a Walsh Cup win an encouraging benchmark from which to gain traction, Dublin’s hurlers will be anxious to continue their momentum when they face Tipperary in the opening game of Division 1A in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday evening. Speaking to Dublin GAA, 32-year-old Ballyboden …

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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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Galway Hurlers Have No Choice But To Deliver in 2016

Galway hurling was remembered for the wrong reasons in 2015. A second-half capitulation in the All-Ireland final led to a winter of unrest in the west. So what will become of the latest debacle? 2016 is almost ready to begin and the Tribesmen simply have to deliver. _____ ‘G-G-G Galway’ was the leading line on the nostalgic television advertisement that …

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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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Why Preseason Hurling Success Is A Precursor For A Long Summer

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In recent weeks, many have questioned the merits of preseason GAA tournaments. Counties do not field full teams, and instead use it as a chance to bring in new talent. This month, we have heard the Walsh Cup and Munster Senior League criticised for being glorified challenge matches. But is that truly the case? With the hurling league now taking a shorter format, managers are …

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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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Video: Lar Corbett Plays Cricket With a Hurl

Tipperary hurling legend Lar Corbett is in Bangladesh at present, and was testing the culture with the locals. It is a well known fact that the country is cricket-mad, and the 2010 hurler of the year was tempted to get involved. However, he did not go for the traditional form of cricket, and left his own stamp on the game. …

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This Brian Cody Impersonation Is The Best Thing You Will See All Day

Aidan Tierney is a man close to our hearts here at Pundit Arena GAA. The Galway native shot to fame with his brilliant gig before the All-Ireland hurling final last September. Those impressions included Brian Cody, Tomás Mulcahy, Donal Óg Cusack, Joe Brolly, Colm O’Rourke and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. The great news is, he’s back better than ever, as we travel back …

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