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John Ivory

John is a Journalism student in NUI Galway. He is an avid fan of GAA, Soccer and Rugby, and others. He’ll write on anything that takes his fancy. Follow him on Twitter @JohnIvory12.
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Time For A GAA Calendar Year Season Has Come

Long suffering GAA supporters are well used to spending January afternoons frozen stiff in a stand or terrace, watching managerial tickets put the potential stars of the summer through their paces (although, given the sodden conditions underfoot, it is usually a much slower pace). However, that isn’t necessarily the case given that many players nationwide are not available to play …

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#GAAyouth Forum: Have Your Say on Your Game

The second annual #GAAyouth forum will be held in Croke Park on October 24th and Kilkenny hurler, Michael Fennelly, is urging people aged 12-21 to apply to be delegates. ‘’It’s an excellent opportunity, and an excellent resource the GAA have developed. I never had anything like this access to top strength and conditioning coaches or top nutritionists, and I think …

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Gaelic Football 2015: Remembering What We’d Rather Forget

We, the GAA community as a whole, have quite short memories. As the competitions edge towards a fantastical autumnal climax each September, the goings on of earlier in the season are often forgotten – and sometimes we’d like it to stay that way. However, 2015 has been controversial and some things must be learned from.  A Drugs Ban Monaghan fringe …

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Cats To Progress But The Déise Won’t Fade

When the ball is thrown in on Sunday afternoon the battle between skill and will shall commence. Kilkenny’s masters will look to see off a young, enthusiastic and hard-working Waterford side – who don’t lack for skill either. Waterford are looking for their first championship win at Croke Park since 2008. In the three seasons that followed their ’08 All-Ireland …

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Kildare May Challenge but Kerry Will Reign & Here’s Why

Kerry, having come through their most arduous Munster campaign in recent years now face Kildare who have salvaged a season that looked doomed before they ever kicked a ball in the championship following relegation to Division three. The fact of the matter is Kerry have the better players, they have beaten better teams over the last few years and barring …

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Last Weekend Proves GAA Players Are Still Getting A Raw Deal

Much has been said about the commitment every player makes in the pursuit of inter-county glory. Player welfare has become a phrase used weekly, yet the organisation still has fundamental flaws that let down the men on the field. Last week Davey Byrne received a battering on the pitch and there has been a disgraceful silence regarding the matter from …

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Clare Should Shade It But Could Defeat Themselves

Clare, having finally gotten the ‘championship win monkey’ off their backs with the facile defeat of Offaly, will now be looking to take their season to the next level. Cork meanwhile looked impressive at times against Wexford, but will need to match Clare’s intensity if they want to prevail in Thurles this Saturday. You’d have to feel Clare can reach …

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McGregor Needs To Be More Than A Champion

While watching Conor McGregor’s previous fights last night, a horrific thought occurred. What if he loses? What if the man who always said he will ‘obliterate’ the division, doesn’t? Like every athlete, he is beatable, but we like to ignore that. What ‘The Notorious’ has conjured up masterfully over the past few years is the persona of an unstoppable force. …

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How The Rebels Lay Siege But Couldn’t Overthrow The Kingdom

Walking up Lewis road towards Fitzgerald Stadium late Sunday morning, you would have been struck by two things. One, the sheer number of people around the streets which resulted in a plump attendance of 35,651. The other was the weather. We Irish love a good chin-wag about the weather and at half eleven Sunday morning you got the feeling it …

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GAA: Talking Points From The Weekend’s Action

John Ivory discusses the talking points from the weekend’s action, including Lee Keegan’s dismissal and fixture clashes. _____ One-Game Ban For Cynical Second Yellow Cards? The black card was introduced to make Gaelic football less cynical and in its first year, it seems to have had a good impact. However, what Lee Keegan did by not releasing the football in stoppage time …

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A Lot to Work on for Dynamic Donegal

Donegal overcame a fairly meek Armagh with consummate ease at the Athletic Grounds yesterday. After a first half we will remember, it’s the second half that Rory Gallagher won’t be allowing his players to forget. Terrific Transition The 2015 vintage of the Donegal footballers may be the best we have seen in the last five years. With no disrespect to Jim …

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Tipperary vs Kerry: Pressure Will Mould The Kingdom

Pressure is a funny thing in sport. It can make your muscles clench like a vice and render you useless, resulting in a crucial wide or tackle missed. Some are able to harness pressure and thrive under duress. It’s what defines the winners from the losers, the heroes from the chokers. The names you remember, from the ones lost in …

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Why A Lack Of Leaders Could Leave Cork In Big Trouble

When Pat Horgan fired the ball to the Waterford net with four minutes of injury time to play, only two points separated the sides. The momentum and the crowd were now with Cork. What they didn’t have, was a leader. If we leave tactics aside for a moment, let us remember that Cork were in this game when it really …

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Act Now Before Drug Use Becomes A Real Problem Within The GAA

Following last weekend’s revelations, John Ivory contends that the GAA must move quickly to stamp out drug use before it ruins our national game. Last Sunday saw the news break of a failed drugs test by a gaelic footballer from Monaghan. Since then the reaction has been varied, and many details are yet to emerge. Who is this player? What exactly …

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Embrace The Change Illustrated By Waterford’s Hurlers

Waterford’s run to League glory was coupled with criticism of their defensive style of play. However, a lot of hurling teams, and even football sides, could learn from Derek McGrath’s system. A hurling team’s advantage over football is that the instant the opposition is dispossessed in the middle third, a score is nearly always on. Points are regularly picked off …

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GAA: Should The Purposelessness Of The National League Be Abolished?

The GAA is kidding itself. Nobody cares about the National League, not really anyway. So why not do away with the charade and ditch the thing altogether?  In a world where players seem to have close to twelve-month seasons, it is weird to sometimes hear respected pundits and managers say that the team ‘isn’t quite there’ in terms of fitness or …

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Johnny Manziel: A Good NFL Role Model

American football’s pre-season starts today, Monday, and one man who will be present in Cleveland is Johnny Manziel, just days after leaving rehab, which he had been in for ten weeks. The controversial young Quarterback took it upon himself to better his life after an alleged reliance on alcohol, among other things. You may not have heard of him, but …

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