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3 Things The GAA Must Consider When Planning The Championship Calendar

The decision to stage the All Ireland Semi Final replay between Kerry and Mayo in the Gaelic Grounds has led to huge debate in GAA circles. Ashling Dalton discusses three things those in charge must consider before releasing next year’s championship calendar. In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s draw between Kerry and Mayo, eyebrows were raised at the decision to move …

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Top 3 Players From The Weekend’s Football Championship

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In what was an enthralling weekend of football action, John Ivory takes a look at the top three players from the weekend’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. _____ 3. Aidan O’Shea – Mayo The Breaffy powerhouse showed once again why he is viewed as one of the best in the business. He got on the ball a huge amount of times and …

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Day of Destiny: Potential Aftermath Of All Ireland Hurling Final

Mick Grace looks ahead to this year’s All Ireland Hurling Final and the implications for both Kilkenny and Tipperary should they win or lose. Kilkenny and Tipperary, the great old foes, will once again face off in what is likely to be a titanic battle in Croker on the first Sunday in September. The chance to win an All Ireland should …

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Hurling All-Star Contenders – 2014

As the hurling season is drawing to a close and the All-Ireland final pairings have been decided, talk of all-star awards will undoubtedly commence. There is no point in trying to predict the team now, as a lot will boil down to who performs well or who wins the final. But here is who is in contention at the moment. …

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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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TBT: 1997 All Ireland Final – Kerry V Mayo

Kerry and Mayo are ready to kick off the 2014 All Ireland football semi-finals. So to whet the appetites, this week’s Throwback Thursday jumps back to the 1997 All Ireland final between these two sides.   Picking this particular moment was easy, Kerry were back looking for Sam Maguire after 11 years on the wings, a bit like the Kerry …

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Tipperary – The Premier Power On

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

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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