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Ashling Dalton

An Arts student at Carlow College. Can sniff out a GAA conversation a mile away. Hurling is my first love, with a side interest in Camogie and Gaelic Football. For more from this GAA nut follow @clashoftheashkk on Twitter.
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Three Hurling Matches To Relish This Weekend

Ashling Dalton gives her predictions ahead of three very tasty looking Hurling matches this weekend.   This weekend see the buisness end of the Allianz hurling league come into play as quarter finals and relegation play-offs have to be decided. So it’s fair to say a lot is at stake. 1. Kilkenny Vs Clare This may not be a quarter …

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3 Players To Look Out For In 2015’s National Hurling League

With the National Hurling League starting next weekend, managers will be in full experimental mode, looking for new talent to give them that extra edge. The past couple of seasons has seen hurling’s young guns step forth into the limelight, and this year should be no different. Look out for these three players, who are sure to leave a mark on the …

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Why Hurling Needs A Separate Refereeing Committee

Since the hurling 20/20 report has been published, there has been quite a bit of debate concerning the whole area of refereeing. In particular, the current setup of a joint committee of football and hurling under the leadership of Pat McEnaney. The report made a proposal that there should be a separate referees committee for hurling, which would be a …

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Women’s GPA: A positive move forward for Women in GAA

The newly formed Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association is a fantastic idea. But the GAA’s fledgling organisation will have it’s work cut out, right from the get-go.    The Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association was officially opened last week and has been received well by it’s male counterpart and the wider GAA community. It was only a matter of time before an …

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3 Reasons Why Discipline In Hurling Cannot Be Overlooked

The release of the hurling 20/20 report has put the spotlight on the issue of discipline in hurling. The problem has stirred the pot and has divided those who want tougher rules and those who feel hurling should be left alone. It is fair to say that the review has shed some light on issues concerning the game’s welfare and these …

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The New Hurling Penalty Rule, Will It Work?

New Year, new rule. Will the GAA’s latest Hurling rule change kill entertainment but truly punish offenders?   In the last week or so, the hurling review committee, backed by the GAA, have announced another change to the hurling penalty rule. As opposed to three players being deployed on the line to face a free, only the goalkeeper will face penalties, …

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Top 3 Hurling Moments of 2014

Wexford re-emerge from the Hurling shadows, and ANOTHER All Ireland replay. As always, drama was aplenty but there was a few special moments that kept us talking throughout the summer.    1. John O’Dwyer’s free in the All Ireland. It’s hard to fathom how that point DIDN’T go over the bar, but Kilkenny fans breathed a sigh of relief that …

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3 Problems The Galway Hurling Committee Need To Sort

Ashling Dalton discusses the three main issues that have thrown Galway hurling into controversy in the past few weeks. In recent weeks the strength of Galway hurling has been thrown into disarray with disagreements over leadership of the hurling committee, shots being fired at the Leinster council for not including Galway underage teams in the Leinster championship, and holdups which have resulted in …

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JJ Delaney: The Understated Superhero

With JJ Delaney announcing his retirement last year, Ashling Dalton takes a look back at what made the Kilkenny man so good.  It seems the winter of 2014 was awash with retirements in the GAA world, in particular Kilkenny. Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, David Herity and Aidan Fogarty all walked away with a bucketful of All-Ireland medals between them. However, …

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3 Advantages Of Reforming The Football Championship

“The whole Championship structure needs to change” Those were the words of Dublin football boss Jim Gavin who has called for a radical reform of the All-Ireland Football Championship. Gavin’s vision for the future of football involves scrapping the National League, a much earlier provincial championship, and a Champions League style All-Ireland series. If this plan was to be implemented, …

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3 Of Tommy Walsh’s Most Distinguished Traits

Last week saw the retirement of one of the most celebrated talents in GAA; the legendary Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny. There are few superlatives that are left to describe the Tullaroan terrier. It would be easy to write an elongated article about Walsh’s career, but it is best to leave that to the historians. Instead, let us focus on the important …

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3 Moments Illustrating Brian Cody’s Tactical Genius

Last Monday saw the totally unsurprising re-appointment of Ireland’s answer to Alex Ferguson and Bruce Lombardi – Brian Cody. In Kilkenny circles, It was inevitable that he would continue on into his 17th season, but there was idle speculation everywhere else  that he would walk into the sunset with a remarkable ten All-Ireland titles to his name. While we await to …

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3 Issues For Ger Cunningham To Sort Out In Dublin

With the recent appointment of Ger Cunningham as Dublin’s senior hurling boss, it is no secret that he has his work cut out for him. Ashling Dalton discusses three issues Cunningham must sort out.  The Anthony Daly era has seen the Blues make massive strides in becoming one of hurling’s top powers and how Cunningham goes about building on that success …

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3 Reasons GAA Dual Stars Are Opting For One Code

GAA dual stars look to be dwindling in numbers as the game steadily advances in commitment level, here Ashling Dalton looks at three of the main reasons dual stars are opting for one code over the other.  Last week saw the announcement that Cork’s Aidan Walsh has opted to only play for Jimmy Barry Murphy’s hurlers next year, now he wasn’t …

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Top Three Hurlers That Were Robbed Of An All Star

Ashling Dalton discusses three players that were unlucky not to be awarded an All Star following their performances in this year’s All Ireland campaign. To say the 2014 Hurling All Stars attracted much debate is an understatement. This is the first time only three counties have been represented in an All Star selection, which is a poor reflection on what …

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3 Exciting Clashes In Next Year’s Hurling Championship

The dust has barely settled on the 2014 Senior Hurling Championship but already the GAA are preparing for next year’s campaign and there’s good reason to be excited. Ashling Dalton previews three of the most eagerly awaited clashes from the draw for next year’s championship.  The draws in both hurling and Gaelic football were made last Thursday night and it is safe …

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3 Things Donegal Will Take From The Jim McGuinness Reign

As we bade farewell to the All Ireland football championship of 2014, we also said adios to one of the most influential managers the game has ever seen, writes Ashling Dalton. Jim McGuinness’ Olympic cycle reign has been proven a success, with Donegal winning their second ever title in 2012 being his biggest achievement. So while Jimmy won’t be winning …

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Kilkenny – The Men They Couldn’t Hang

Ashling Dalton congratulates Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin on a historic year for Kilkenny hurling. Saturday the 27th of September 2014 seems ordinary on paper but not to Kilkenny fans. A year earlier on Saturday 28th 2013 those same fans were probably looking at their tv screens,, watching a Clare team that promises much for the future bring home a fourth All Ireland …

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