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Michael Obafemi: “I Lost The Ball & He Screamed At Me For Five Minutes”

Southampton and Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has opened up on his experience working under former assistant manager Roy Keane during his first international call-up last November. Obafemi, one of Irish football’s brightest talents, was included in Martin O’Neill’s senior squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark last year. The 18-year old made his debut during the last 10 …

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Pundit Arena Allianz Football Team Of The League

Mayo collected their first Allianz Football League crown on Sunday after an 18-year wait and it is difficult to begrudge many of their stars a national winners medal. Overall, it was a fantastic league campaign from start to finish. It began with Monaghan shocking Dublin and ended with Mayo finally winning a Croke Park final after nine unsuccessful attempts. With …

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“It Was Black And White” – Conor Murray On Controversial Beirne Penalty Call

Conor Murray Tadhg Beirne

There was no shortage of controversial moments from Munster’s come-from-behind Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday.  Johann van Graan’s side emerged 13-17 winners to secure a tie with Saracens in the last four with two tries from Keith Earls proving the difference against Richard Cockerill’s side. Both of Munster’s tries had some interesting moments. For the …

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GAA Stock Watch: Jim Gavin Gives Hope To The Chasing Pack

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The Allianz Leagues wrapped up on Sunday (almost) as Mayo and Limerick lifted their first Allianz League trophies in 18 and 22 years respectively in Croke Park. For some teams, it was a league campaign to remember, for others it was one to forget. With that in mind, we have decided to select our GAA Stock Watch based on the …

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Ballyfermot De La Salle: From Surviving To Thriving

Brought to you in association with AIG Ireland.   For those who believe life as a GAA club in Dublin is easy, they clearly haven’t come across Ballyfermot De La Salle. A small club run by a smaller number of people in an area where soccer is the dominant sport, the club has gone from being on its knees and …

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Greenlight: Sean Murray: Watford’s Former Wonderkid Refinding His Feet At Dundalk

During the off-season, League of Ireland champions Dundalk sprung a surprise when they announced the signing of former Watford midfielder and ex-Irish U21 international Sean Murray. A name familiar to many thanks to his promising start in the game with the Hornets seven years ago, Murray found himself struggling for game time at Danish club Vejle Boldklub, when the call …

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Allianz Deep-Dive: Hegarty & Morrissey Typify Limerick Work Rate

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Brought to you by Allianz, proud sponsors of the Allianz Football & Hurling Leagues. Back in January, Seamus Flanagan was up for interview at the launch of the Electric Ireland Higher Education Championships and, of course, he was asked about Limerick and their aspirations for the year ahead. While Flanagan gave a detailed insight into the mentality of this young …

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Under Mick McCarthy Conor Hourihane Can Be Ireland’s Newest Talisman

Over the last two international qualifying campaigns, a talisman in green has stepped up for Ireland when they have required one most. In 2014/2015 as Martin O’Neill’s side clamoured towards Euro 2016 it was striker Jon Walters whose goals, endeavour and work rate helped Ireland reach the tournament finals in France. In 2016/2017, although Ireland didn’t reach the World Cup …

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“I’m Proud Of Jacob, He Played A Great Game” – Dan McFarland

Jacob Stockdale

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium  “Desperate disappointment.”  Those were the first words which Ulster head coach Dan McFarland said to the media in the aftermath of his side’s 21-18 loss to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium this evening. The head coach was visibly dejected after the game but he praised his team for how they went toe-to-toe with …

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Leinster Edge Ulster In Titanic European Battle

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Leinster 21 Ulster 18  Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium  Leinster have become the second Irish side to reach the last four of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup as they edged past Ulster 21-18 in an engrossing encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.  Ulster were absolutely superb throughout the 80 minutes with John Cooney leading the charge …

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