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GAA – Greedy As Always

The GAA is seen by many as the cornerstone of Ireland’s national culture. Some say that it epitomises what is great about this country as it showcases our most unique product. But is this true? Or are the GAA starting to lose its grip on what makes it so great? This is not the first time this year that this writer …

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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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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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Three Things Cork Hurlers Need To Change For The Future

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

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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