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GAA – County Form Cannot Mask Troubling Issues At Club Level

The Senior Club Championships in Donegal and Kerry face serious scrutiny regardless of this year’s success, writes Shane Kenny. There certainly isn’t a Kerry nor Donegal man alive today, outside of their respective camps, that could have envisaged being seventy minutes away from landing Sam Maguire at the start of the Football Championship. Both sides have doggedly and deservedly weaved …

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Top Players from the Weekend’s GAA Action

This weekend’s GAA semi-finals were the best games of the summer in terms of excitement, score taking, and surprise. Mayo and Kerry’s clash had everything in an enthralling climax to their exquisite two-game saga. If that wasn’t enough, Donegal caused one of the biggest upsets in recent years, sinking Dublin at HQ. John Ivory is here to rate the top …

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Kerry v Mayo – A Game For The Ages

“It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago…But tonight there is someone I can write of the way I used to write, without reservations of any kind. Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock n’ roll past flash before …

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GAA Talking Points – 29th of August

It has been a quiet week on the hurling front as football has taken centre stage on the GAA circuit. Here are some of the week’s main talking points. Armagh Appoint Kieran McGeeney The departure of Paul Grimley came as a bit of a surprise following Armagh’s relatively successful season. Armagh footballers had been struggling for a while. Having won …

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GAA – Greedy As Always

The GAA is seen by many as the cornerstone of Ireland’s national culture. Some say that it epitomises what is great about this country as it showcases our most unique product. But is this true? Or are the GAA starting to lose its grip on what makes it so great? This is not the first time this year that this writer …

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Throwback Thursday Video: Dublin vs Donegal 1992

While the other semi-final has still yet to be decided, Dublin and Donegal are set to do battle this Sunday. So let us go back to 1992 to when the same two sides met in the All Ireland Final. It was the first time theses two sides met in a decider and was historical from a Donegal perspective  as it …

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All Ireland Football Semi-Final Preview – Dublin V Donegal

The second All Ireland Football Semi-Final is down for decider with Donegal looking to upset the odds by beating red-hot favourites Dublin. Enda Walsh is here with an in-depth look ahead. Jim McGuinness will have his Donegal side ready for this titanic battle with Dublin. Before throw in, he will motivate his players, gather them in a huddle, restate the …

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Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds Is Perfect For Mayo v Kerry

There has been much criticism of the GAA’s decision to hold the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. Brian Barry argues that in truth, it was the obvious choice. It was impossible for the replay to be held in Croke Park next week due to the clash of University of Central Florida and Penn State. The manner in which …

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3 Things The GAA Must Consider When Planning The Championship Calendar

The decision to stage the All Ireland Semi Final replay between Kerry and Mayo in the Gaelic Grounds has led to huge debate in GAA circles. Ashling Dalton discusses three things those in charge must consider before releasing next year’s championship calendar. In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s draw between Kerry and Mayo, eyebrows were raised at the decision to move …

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Top 3 Players From The Weekend’s Football Championship

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In what was an enthralling weekend of football action, John Ivory takes a look at the top three players from the weekend’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. _____ 3. Aidan O’Shea – Mayo The Breaffy powerhouse showed once again why he is viewed as one of the best in the business. He got on the ball a huge amount of times and …

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TBT: 1997 All Ireland Final – Kerry V Mayo

Kerry and Mayo are ready to kick off the 2014 All Ireland football semi-finals. So to whet the appetites, this week’s Throwback Thursday jumps back to the 1997 All Ireland final between these two sides.   Picking this particular moment was easy, Kerry were back looking for Sam Maguire after 11 years on the wings, a bit like the Kerry …

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Top Players from the Weekend’s GAA Action

Cork and Tipperary went toe to toe in Croke Park for a place in next month’s All-Ireland showdown against Kilkenny. The minor game saw Limerick square off against Galway. Here, John Ivory ranks the top five players from the weekend’s action. 1. Padraic Maher – Tipperary In his best position, Maher showed on Sunday why he is regarded as one …

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Declan O’Sullivan: The Man Who Would Be King

*This article was originally published on July 10th, 2014, in the aftermath of Kerry’s annihilation of Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Declan O’Sullivan would go on to win his fifth All Ireland title that September.   In Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday Declan O’Sullivan gave an exhibition of the skills which have been evident throughout his time with the Kerry …

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