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The Butler Brothers – Born In London, Raised On Gaelic Games

Speaking to both Killian and Philip Butler you have to pinch yourself and remember that you are speaking to two devout Gaels. Such are their London accents, it is easy to forget that these boys are Irish to the core.  Born and raised in Greenford, the Butler brothers are key figures within the Tír Chonaill Gaels club, the current London …

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Bizarre Gaelic Football Moments That Will Live Long In The Memory

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It started with the return of Down’s prodigal son and ended with another piece of history for Dublin’s favourite son. The 2010s will be looked back upon with mixed emotions when it comes to Gaelic football. Dublin’s dominance, as impressive as it is, has been shrouded in controversy due to claims of financial doping while Jim McGuinness was branded the …

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Darragh O’Connor: From Playing Next To Sheep To Becoming A Fox

—- Originally published October 5th—– _____ Picture the scene; It’s the beginning of March at St Colman’s Park in Cobh, Co Cork. In the 50th minute of the game, Wexford concede their fourth goal via a cruel deflection as a third league defeat on the spin is all but confirmed. At the same time, 20-year-old Wexford-born defender Darragh O’Connor comes …

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Corry’s Corner: ESRI Report A Damning Indictment Of Gaelic Games

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The ESRI report into life as an inter-county player is superb, supportive, surefooted and in the end, could be instrumental to the games’ survival. The one thing it’s not… surprising. The research paper, undertaken by Elish Kelly, Conor Keegan and Brendan Walsh, used data from a survey of 2016 players to examine how the demands of playing inter-county affect players’ …

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Corry’s Corner: Lowry Or Taylor For The Win But Cluxton Is King

There are only two in the final 10-person shortlist for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year award who look like winning.  Shane Lowry is the overwhelming favourite following his historic Open win on Irish soil. Katie Taylor is close behind having unified the lightweight division before becoming a two-weight world champion. One of these two will win, not many will …

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Ruan Pienaar: It Would Have Been Nice To Finish My Career At Ulster

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Both Ruan Pienaar and the whole of Ulster Rugby were left devastated when the influential scrum-half was denied the chance to see out his career in Belfast. After joining the northern province in 2010, Pienaar’s family settled into life well as the South African became an integral part of the team as well as a fans favourite. However, despite longing …

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Nemo Rangers’ Success Ensures It Is A Club Devoid Of Egos

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Nemo Rangers will look to add to their already impressive trophy cabinet this weekend when they go in search of a 17th Munster club football championship.  The Cork city heavyweights have been the regular standard bearer for club sides throughout Ireland since first making the breakthrough in 1972 – 50 years after the club was founded. With that maiden county …

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