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Where Northern Football Goes, The Rest Follow But Will It Evolve Again This Weekend?

The outcome of the clash between Armagh and Donegal could have a massive influence on the evolution Ulster football. For many years now the Ulster Football Championship has been the most competitive of the provincial competitions. At the turn of the century Armagh came to prominence, winning seven provincial titles in the ten years between 1999 and 2008. The other three saw Tyrone …

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More Than Brawn: Previewing Armagh v Donegal

Ahead of the Ulster quarterfinal between Armagh and Donegal this Sunday, more is being made of the physical and psychological battles that lie in store rather than the actual football itself. Coming off the back of a feisty affair between Tyrone and Donegal four weeks ago, many are predicting more off-the-ball antics, more sledging and more cynicism. But that is to …

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In The Words Of The Saw Doctors, “Will Galway Bate Mayo?”

Can the tribesmen undermine Mayo’s dominance of the Connacht Championship and register a Galway victory?  In The Saw Doctors 1992 classic song, ‘The Hay Wrap’, the protagonist asks ‘will Galway bate Mayo?’. A respondent replies negatively, ‘Not if they have Willie Joe [Padden], they haven’t a hope of beatin’ Mayo’. The negative outlook demonstrated in that number one hit, you did …

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The Real World A Club GAA Player Lives In

The GAA, and hurling in particular, have given plenty of Irish people their most treasured days. A lot of close friendships stem from Gaelic games, and many other positives, but lately this writer has been thinking; “what the hell am I doing?” Welcome to the world of the GAA club player… ______ So the intercounty season is back on track. …

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Tipperary Can Become The Tonic That The Munster Football Championship Needs

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Tipperary’s clash with Kerry this weekend in the Munster Football Championship should prove to be a gauge as to how much the progress the premier county have made, writes Alan Drumm In a week where the debate surrounding the format of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship has once more arisen, Tipperary embark on a championship campaign that could reveal the strides they have made at minor and …

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All-Ireland Football Championship: Here’s How We’d Fix The Problem

For some while, there has been talk of a complete overhaul in the way the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship has been run. However, after Dublin’s hammering of Longford almost two weeks ago, most have come to the conclusion that now is the time to break from tradition. On Sunday 31st May , at a sunny Croke Park, Dublin displayed class and professionalism …

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The GAA Needs to Replace Nostalgia With Pragmatism

Jarlath O’Loughlin argues that the GAA needs to act fast in restructuring the All-Ireland Football Championship. _____ Not all nostalgia, mind. There will always be a place for the flags/headbands sellers around various county grounds. There will always be a place for ham sandwiches and flasks of tea from car boots up and down the island. And there will almost …

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Gaelic Football Power Rankings: The Race For Sam

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Although it’s still early days we at Pundit Arena have ranked every team challenging for the coveted Sam Maguire Cup in September. As we’ve done in the hurling already, we’ve positioned each team in order of quality. This is based, mainly, on league and championship (if any) form in 2015 and is sure to change as the championship progresses. 1. Dublin Undisputed …

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Guess What RTÉ’s New GAA Radio Show Is Called?

RTÉ have today announced that there will be a new, weekly GAA show each Sunday from 6-7p.m. on RTÉ Radio 1. And guess what it’s called? ‘The Marty Squad’…Joe Brolly will be delighted. As you can guess, it is to be presented by RTÉ’s popular GAA man Marty Morrisey. The show will feature a host of regular guests, including former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane …

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VIDEO: The Majesty Of Croke Park As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Those accustomed to making their way down Jones’s Road will know the spine-tingling effect Croke Park can have on us all on championship day but this birds-eye view of Croke Park gives Ireland’s grandest stadium a different sense of presence altogether.  Created by Dave Berry, this fantastic footage captures glorious views of all four stands, in angles you may have never witnessed before …

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Sports Doc Of The Week: Marooned (GAA)

This week’s Sports documentary of the week is Marooned, which chronicles Páidí Ó Sé’s first year as Westmeath football manager. The fly-on-the-wall documentary begins just weeks after Páidí left the Kerry manager role. It’s a fascinating insight in to the man and, of course, that famous 2004 Leinster title. With the Kerryman getting his own statue last week on the day …

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One Of The Slickest GAA Goals You’ll Ever See

Cork defeated Tipperary 4-13 to 2-15 in the Munster Ladies Minor football final earlier this month but the game will be most remembered for a moment of magic from Cork’s Eimear Scally.    Rushing in on goal, Scally’s arm was pulled back forcing the ball to drop to her feet in a slightly awkward location. Most would perhaps have tried …

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VIDEO: The Sunday Game Panel At It Already

Brolly, Spillane and O’Rourke…. RTÉ brought out the big guns to start off this summer’s live coverage of the championship, and it’s fair to say they didn’t let us down. When Joe Brolly, slouched comfortbaly in his chair, brought up the topic of Michael Murphy, it’s fair to say the debate erupted. Although Colm O’Rourke started the disagreement, he looked up …

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Just How Big Of A Problem Is ‘Sledging’ Becoming In GAA?

The championship is just a few weeks old but the debate is well and truly under way. The GAA is renowned for being a close-knit community game but with that come disadvantages too. ‘Sledging’ has come to light of late, and it’s something the GAA may need to take a serious look at. The exact definition of ‘sledging’ is the practice …

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