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GIF: So… What About That Red Card For Paddy O’Rourke?

Westmeath ran out as 4 point winners over their neighbours after a fantastic comeback in Croke Park It was special victory for a number of reasons, however none more so than the fact that it was their first ever Championship win over their major rivals and neighbours. However, placing the glory of Westmeath’s achievement aside, there was a slightly controversial …

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Hope Springs Eternal For Lilywhites

Journalists by trade are prisoners of their own banal platitudes. One of the professions common sayings refer to the disdain the majority of upstanding journalists have for “fans with typewriters”. Fortunately, contributors to Pundit Arena are not shackled by these constraints, so I’m going to drop all journalistic pretences. On Sunday at 4pm I’ll join approximately 15,000 of my fellow …

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The Donegal Juggernaut is Set to Keep on Rolling

Donegal aim to overcome Derry in this Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi Final. The task facing Derry on Sunday is a daunting one. Not only will Derry have to defeat a side which has only lost one Ulster Championship fixture since 2011, but one that seem to have improved since Jimmy McGuinness departed. In the two Championship games under Rory Gallagher, Donegal …

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Dubs Badly Need To Be Tested In Leinster

A few weeks ago when Dublin beat Longford in the Leinster Quarter final by 27 points, all the talk was about how this is terrible for Longford and teams of their ilk, and that this was the reason that the Championship had to be redesigned so teams can compete. You then throw in the fact the debate of whether the …

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Reforming The Football And Hurling Championships

The GAA has invited counties to make suggestions on restructuring the football and hurling championships. After years of criticism, the GAA has asked individual county boards to make proposals on reforming the format of the All Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships, as well as the structure of the National Hurling League. The GAA’s request comes after a series of …

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Can Kildare Challenge Dublin This Weekend?

This Sunday, Kildare make the daunting trip to Croke Park to take on Dublin in the Leinster Senior Football Championship Semi Final. From a position in which they were controversially denied a place in the All Ireland final five years ago, Kildare now find themselves in division three of the National Football League and needing a replay to dispatch a …

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Are Roscommon About To Break The Mould… And Becoming The Hipster’s Choice?

Roscommon’s clash with Sligo in Markievicz Park should indicate whether or not they can challenge Mayo. Depending on its context, the term ‘hipster’, can can be used to both complement and insult individuals. Hipster culture exists across the spectrum of Irish society. Everyday we hear people with beards, discuss food festivals, organic gardening, music and Scandinavian dramas. Why watch House of Cards …

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The 16th Man – Our New GAA Podcast

We’re delighted to be launching our first foray into podcasting, and it’s a cracker. Ladies and Gents, welcome to the ’16th Man’.  Hosts Paul Corcoran and Maurice Brosnan will take you through each week’s Championship action throughout the summer as well as focus on some of the wider issues in the GAA in ‘The 16th Man’. So that’s all matters …

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Is The Two-Year Doping Ban Handed Out To Monaghan Footballer Unfair?

The GAA yesterday handed footballer Thomas Connolly a two-year suspension for taking banned substances, but can the Monaghan man feel hard done by? Connolly, who has represented his Monaghan at minor, U21 and senior level, tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid. A joint statement from the GAA and Irish Sports Council confirmed the news yesterday. ”The GAA and the Irish Sports Council jointly …

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Ballyboden St Enda’s Man Among The Six Killed In Berkeley Tragedy

Ballyboden St Enda’s member Eoghan Culligan was among the six that tragically lost their lives in Berekely, California yesterday, and the club have sinced payed a touching tribute to the 21-year-old. Culligan had been a member of the Knocklyon outfit since early childhood and was part of the minor team in 2011 who lost the county final to Castlenock. After minor, Culligan …

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VIDEO: Gaelic Football Prospering In France

We know that GAA is a world-wide game at this stage but France may not be the first place one thinks of when profiling Gaelic games hotbeds.  It is still growing but there appears to be a healthy interest in the game and it is set to expand with so many young French people playing the game. In a report by …

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”The GAA Can Shape All Our Futures”- Conor Cusack

Conor Cusack addressed the 2015 GAA Health & Wellbeing Conference with a fantastic and passionate speech about GAA in society, both positive and negative. A member of the GAA’s Health & Wellbeing Committee and GPA Player Development Officer, Cusack delivered a passionate speech about the role of GAA in society and the importance of mental health and minding eachother. Cusack …

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VIDEO: Outrageous Andy Moran Point v Galway

It was score of the weekend, and an early contender for point of the season. Over on the Pundit Arena GAA Facebook page, we have posted some outrageous scores, sent in by our readers, from the end-line with the outside of the boot. However, Mayo’s Andy Moran thought he wouldn’t bother with videoing it himself, so he did it in the …

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GAA: Talking Points From The Weekend’s Action

John Ivory discusses the talking points from the weekend’s action, including Lee Keegan’s dismissal and fixture clashes. _____ One-Game Ban For Cynical Second Yellow Cards? The black card was introduced to make Gaelic football less cynical and in its first year, it seems to have had a good impact. However, what Lee Keegan did by not releasing the football in stoppage time …

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Rewards Await Donegal As They Swap Genius For Common Sense

With just a few minutes of a largely forgettable All-Ireland final remaining, Kerry’s supporters, already teeming with anxiety, almost collapsed in unison as their team shovelled a few more pounds of tension upon them. In 2011, the Kingdom elected to use listless, lateral handpassing in a bid to make those final few units of time ebb away without incident. Within …

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VIDEO: Check Out Gary Sice’s Gorgeous Sidestep and Finish

Watch how Galway’s Gary Sice sidesteps Tom Parsons before scoring a cracking goal Corofin’s Gary Sice scored one of the goals of the Championship against Mayo at the weekend. Sice took on the Mayo defence, sidestepping a helpless Tom Parsons before guiding the ball into the back of net. Despite the club All Ireland winners best efforts, Galway were defeated 1-15 …

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