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Corry’s Corner: Corofin Making The Hand Pass Great Again


“Kick the bloody thing in!“ A common phrase heard in grounds up and down the country as teams look to build from the back and play patience football. People love to hate the hand pass, but why? The days of just catch and kick are long gone. Long gone because they no longer work. Tactically, teams are much more organised, …

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GAA Stock Watch: Kenny Goes One Way While Sheedy Goes The Other

What a hectic weekend of Allianz League action it was.  In the Allianz Hurling League, our four semi-finalists have been confirmed. All-Ireland champions Limerick put a beating on Laois to set-up a tie with a high-flying Dublin side who shocked everybody by taking out Tipperary last weekend in Semple Stadium. The other semi-final pits 2017 All-Ireland champions, Galway against a …

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Cora Staunton Will Not Return For A 25th Season With Mayo

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Cora Staunton has firmly shut the door on a return to inter-county action with Mayo following the conclusion of her second season playing in the AFLW. The 37-year-old is set to make a decision on her future with the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants soon, but the four-time All-Ireland winner has confirmed that she won’t be pulling on the green …

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Gordon Strachan On Bizarre Dream Which Led To Robbie Keane Signing

Former Scotland and Coventry manager Gordon Strachan’s dreams came through in 1999 when he signed striker Robbie Keane for the Sky Blues as a teenager. Keane had burst on the scene in English football with Wolves as an 18-year-old and had been attracting attention from the likes of Manchester United thanks to his impressive displays. It was, however, Coventry City …

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Spotlight: Four Minutes Of Utter Dominance From Aidan O’Shea

Mayo ground out an important win on Saturday night against a Kerry side who, up until then, had taken on all comers and won. People will say ‘sure it’s only the league’ and to an extent that is true, the real questions will be asked come the ‘white heat’ of Championship. However, we can’t underestimate the importance that this game …

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Stevens On Jack Byrne: Bigger The Occasion The Better He Will Play

Sheffield United and Ireland defender Enda Stevens is confident that domestic call-up Jack Byrne will be a strong addition to the 23-man squad as the Boys in Green prepare for their games against Gibraltar and Georgia. The Rovers midfielder was drafted into the squad to replace Callum O’Dowda, who suffered an injury playing for his club Bristol City, becoming the …

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The Ireland Players Who Emerged From Six Nations With World Cup Boost


One of the main positives which Irish supporters can take out of this 2019 Six Nations is that the opening game of Ireland’s World Cup campaign is still 188 days away.  There is hope that before that clash with Gregor Townsend’s Scotland in Yokohama, Ireland can rectify the glaring problems which presented themselves over the last seven weeks. Confidence is …

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Five Irish Players With A Point To Prove Under Mick McCarthy

Last week Mick McCarthy decided on his final 23-man squad for Ireland’s European qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. The new Irish boss will have a difficult decision over his starting XI as the Boys in Green look to qualify for their third European Championships in a row. Among McCarthy’s squad are a handful of players with a point to prove, …

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Conclusions Following a Jam-Packed Weekend Of GAA Action

And breath… 22 games in just two days. It really was a bumper weekend of GAA action. Corofin cemented their spot as the best football team in the country, while Henry Shefflin led Ballyhale Shamrocks back to the top in his first year of management. In the Allianz Hurling League, Cork took down Kilkenny in their ‘relegation playoff’ while Dublin recorded …

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McCarthy Full Of Praise For “Outstanding” Jack Byrne Ahead Of Qualifiers

On Sunday, Mick McCarthy drafted Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne into his 23-man Irish squad for the upcoming European qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Byrne replaced injured Bristol City midfielder Callum O’Dowda who withdrew from the squad following a knee injury. The Rovers midfielder becomes the first Irish-based player Mick McCarthy has ever selected as part of an international squad …

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Winners & Losers From A Jam-Packed Weekend Of GAA Action

Wow! What a weekend… Between a full list of Allianz Football League games, a couple of Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals and the All-Ireland club final’s thrown in there it was quite the St. Patrick’s weekend for the GAA. The drama started early on Saturday as two games fell victim to the lovely Irish weather. The weekend was then rounded off yesterday …

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MacKenna On Monday: Liverpool, A Rose Among Football’s Many Thorns

Back in November, after Virgil van Dijk had scored the Netherlands’ last-gasp equaliser against Germany in the Nations League, what followed quickly took over in terms of both headlines and chatter. Well-known now due to the reaction then, he went to referee Ovidiu Hategan at the final whistle, put his arms around him, and offered the weeping official his sincere …

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