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Ciara O'Toole

Ciara is a graduate of Maynooth University. As a passionate GAA supporter, Ciara can rarely be found at home, instead choosing to spend her weekends eating sandwiches from the boot of the car just about anywhere around the country.
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2/4/2017 Kilkenny vs Wexford WexfordÕs Conor McDonald celebrates scoring his sides second goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Wexford Hurling: They Say It’s The Hope That Kills You

No Leinster Hurling Championship semi-final has ever captured the imagination more than the June 10 clash between Wexford and Kilkenny. The fact that Wexford have already beaten Kilkenny this year gives the Model county supporters cause for hope, and nobody does hope quite like us Wexford supporters. It’s the hope that kills you, they say, but it’s also the hope …

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GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 31/7/2016 Galway vs Tipperary Tipperary goalkeeper Evan Comerford encourages his team mates before the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Fortune Favours The Brave As Tipperary Bid To Make More History

“Fortune favours the brave.” That’s RTÉ’s tagline for this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Tipperary. Few would, or could, have predicted at the start of the year that this encounter would take place, as Mayo, perennial favourites, take on Tipperary – a team that has not contested a semi-final since 1935. Yet here the men from the Premier find …

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Connolly May Have Been Targeted But Dublin Are Not Victims Of Modern Football

Another weekend, another buzz word for Gaelic football to add to an increasingly laden vocabulary. Targeting. Saturday evening’s All-Ireland football quarter-final double header at Croke Park has raised the issue of the targeting of high profile players by opposition players. Seán Cavanagh, Aidan O’ Shea and Diarmuid Connolly have all been discussed as players that received such treatment last weekend. While …

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Opinion: The GAA Should Be An Integral Part Of Our Educational System

Recently appointed National Hurling Development Officer Martin Fogarty made some interesting comments in recent weeks regarding his view that the GAA should take a larger role in the education system. In an interview with GAA.ie, he explained his view that hurling should be part of the school curriculum in secondary schools around the country. According to Fogarty, hurling and the GAA is …

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Wexford Are Not Dunne With 2016 Just Yet

It is nine weeks since the Wexford hurlers were defeated by Dublin in Croke Park and knocked out of the Leinster Championship, but the Yellow Bellies now find themselves ready for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Leaving GAA HQ on that horribly wet evening, not many Wexford supporters were in high spirits at the prospect of the qualifiers. The small attendance in Innovate …

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Football Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 12/6/2016 Tipperary vs Cork Tipperary's Brian Fox celebrates scoring their third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Pundits Should Appreciate Minnows Rather Than Write Their Epitaph

Tipperary beat Cork. Galway beat Mayo. Laois beat Armagh. Cavan drew with Tyrone. What do these results have in common and why are they so significant? Is it because Laois bounced back from their defeat in Nowlan Park to take victory in the first round of the qualifiers? Is it because Tipperary finally broke down the door that they have been pounding on for the last …

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Online Abuse Of Players And Managers Has No Place In GAA

The Wexford GAA chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, criticised the abuse directed at his county’s hurlers both online and from the stands in the Irish Independent last week. This follows the county’s hurlers facing a demoralising defeat at the hands of Dublin last Saturday evening in Croke Park. Unfortunately, this is becoming a more common feature of reactions to games as social media …

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In Defence Of The Leinster Football Championship

The Leinster football championship kicks off in a week’s time but from the way people are talking, there seems little point in any games going ahead. Dublin are red-hot favourites again and justifiably so, but there’s more to the Leinster football championship than Dublin. Some of the most enjoyable games and best performances I have seen over the last number …

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football hurling GAA DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: General View showing the exterior of Croke Park prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Ireland and France at Croke Park on February 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Agenda Driven Analysts Having A Negative Impact On The GAA

The National Football League Division 1 final last Sunday has generated many GAA column inches as the media speculates whether this is the end for Kerry and the sign of future, complete dominance for Dublin. While Dublin deservedly beat Kerry and showed much more energy, intensity and imagination especially in terms of their forward play, it seems very premature to …

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Minor Football In Kilkenny Is No Laughing Matter

Kilkenny were heavily defeated by Wexford in the Leinster minor football championship this weekend. The game ended on a scoreline of 17-20 to 0-0. Ref finally blows full time in Nowlan Pk Leinster minor football championship Wexford 17-20 Kilkenny 0-0 — Wexford GAA (@OfficialWexGAA) April 16, 2016 By all accounts this is a shocking scoreline and shouldn’t be happening, yet …

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The Issue In Wicklow Hurling Is Far From Minor

The Wicklow minor hurlers have had their say on their recent heavy defeat to Meath in the Leinster championship. Three of their players have written an open letter in response to an article in their local newspaper regarding their performance. The players were unhappy with how they were compared with their football colleagues in Wicklow and felt that the comparison …

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during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Middlesbrough at Griffin Park on January 31, 2015 in Brentford, England.

Opinion: Scores Such As Adrian Flynn’s Deserve Much More Recognition

There was a ninety minute edition of League Sunday last weekend, where GAA supporters had another opportunity to see their county’s performance in the fourth round of the National Hurling League and the fifth round of the National Football League; if your county happens to be involved in the top divisions that is. Once again, we were treated to extended highlights of games shown …

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Four Questions Ahead Of The Second Weekend Of Hurling Action

With the second weekend of hurling action about to get underway, Ciara O’Toole takes an in-depth look at some of the main questions being asked ahead of round two.  _____ 4. Can Wexford Save Their League Campaign? Wexford hurling has experienced a mixed few years. A champagne season in 2014 was followed by a mixed league campaign in 2015, which could have …

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