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Why Cork’s Capitulation Does Dublin No Favours

At this juncture in last year’s All Ireland Championship, this writer wrote an article questioning Dublin’s credentials as many people’s champions elect. Having swept aside Laois, Wexford and Meath en-route to yet another Leinster title the Dubs were unbackable favourites to claim back-to-back Sam Maguire trophies. Of course their unexpected collapse against Donegal at the semi-final stage is now notorious and …

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Fermanagh: The Story Of The 2015 Football Championship

Fermanagh are through to the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 after a man of the match display by corner forward Tomás Corrigan saw them defeat Westmeath by 1-13 to 0-7. Pete McGrath’s side enjoyed an impressive Round 3A qualifier win over Roscommon and gave another fine display on Saturday in Breffni Park, producing a strong second half …

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The Most Jay Z-Inspired GAA Jerseys In Ireland

“If you’re having championship troubles I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a kit ain’t one…” No, the genius lyricism above was not influenced by the recent scandal in Westmeath. It was in fact related to the hilarious GAA jersey combination sent into our Pundit Arena GAA Facebook page by Stephen Pierce. As people up and …

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VIDEO: Highlights Of Aidan O’Shea’s Performance v Sligo

Aidan O’Shea produced one of the greatest ever performances seen in a Connacht Final last Sunday. 3-4 for a personal tally is simply phenomenal. That is more than the entire Donegal, Monaghan, or Cork teams could muster up in their respective provincial finals last weekend. This video captures O’Shea’s dominant display, with both scores and assists. Mayo’s emphatic victory over …

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A Need For Clarity In The Dublin Finances Debate

Yesterday, Ben Brosnan created considerable controversy after expressing his opinion on the consequences of Dublin’s access to significantly more finance than other Leinster GAA teams. He listed the benefits of this for players, with free meals and training facilities being two of his examples. It was an honest account of the frustration felt by Wexford players, whose team could compete …

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Monaghan Not Hoping For Another False Dawn

Monaghan, it could be argued, were once included in that clichéd GAA grouping of the “so-called weaker counties” as the nineties turned into the noughties and the new millennium dawned. 1988 was the last time the Anglo-Celt Cup spent it’s days in the Farney county, and as Ulster had dominated the All-Ireland roll of honour in the early 90’s, Monaghan …

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#PressUpChamp: Diabetes Ireland Launch New Initiative In Association With The GAA

Diabetes Ireland, an official charity to the GAA have recently launched a new initiative named, the #PressUpChamp Challenge. Last night, Westmeath footballers launched the iniatitive at training as they prepared for their qualifier against Fermanagh. As a group, the Lake County men posted a combined total of 2,123 press-ups. Suitable recognition must go to John Heslin as he completed his press-ups in …

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GAA To Commemorate 1916 With Event At Croke Park

The GAA announced last week that they are set to commemorate the centenary of 1916 with an event at Croke Park on the same day as the National Football League finals of 2016. The celebratory event will take place on the same day as the Allianz Football League Division 1 and 2 finals on Sunday 24 April, 2016. The date, the …

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The Westmeath Jersey Scandal Is Shameful To Say The Least

The Westmeath County Board have been the topic of much controversy since minor hurling manager Johnny Greville broke the news via Twitter that the county had withdrawn from the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship due to the fact that they had no jerseys to play in. Greville originally broke the news yesterday, via the tweet below, that the Westmeath county board had withdrawn their minor …

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Can Dublin Be Punished For Being Marketable?

Yesterday on this very website, Ben Brosnan of Wexford gave an interview to our 16th Man podcast. During a wide-ranging interview, that is well worth checking out, Brosnan spoke about how Dublin’s outside funding is warping Leinster. “Dublin are always going to get that sort of thing. Playing for Dublin, you’re nearly professional. For all of them, their jobs are …

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The Provincial Football Championship Roundtable

We asked our top GAA writers here at Pundit Arena to have a look at the Football Championship so far this year. Here’s what they think….. Biggest winner of the year so far? (Exceeded expectations) Danny Ryan: Monaghan – The only team to knock off one of this year’s supposed Big Four, Monaghan proved that they deserve to dine at the …

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Are Kerry Better Without Kieran Donaghy?

Last Saturday the Kieran Donaghy was replaced by Colm Cooper after 44 minutes Kerry Manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, decided to make a number of changes before last Saturday’s Munster Final Replay. In the drawn game, Kerry were dominated physically by Cork, as the Kingdom struggled to deal with Cork’s running game. In order to negate this aspect of Cork’s strategy, Fitzmaurice adopted a …

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