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GAA Championship Countdown #1: Ulster Football Championship

With the GAA Championship season just around the corner, Pundit Arena GAA will begin the countdown with a preview of each provincial championship in the run up to the summer. First up, we look at the championship that provides the first live game of the year; the Ulster Football Championship. _____ The Ulster Championship is one that divides the opinion of many. Many …

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Should Dublin Be Taken Out Of Croke Park?

Dublin Croke Park hurling

Pre-championship, year in, year out, this debate begins. Dublin footballers play almost every game at home in Croke Park. Is it an unfair advantage and should they be moved? Sean Cremin is here to give his take on it. ______ To get straight to the point, this writer believes that it is definitely time for Dublin footballers to be moved …

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Forgotten Friday: 5 GAA Scores We All Need To See Again

Over the weekend, majestic points were scored in both hurling and football by Austin Gleeson of Waterford and Colin O’Riordan of Tipperary. Both scores were out of the top drawer, which triggered us here at Pundit Arena to take a trip down memory lane. Here is a list of five GAA scores that we all need to see again. _____ …

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The GAA’s ‘Injury Time’ Problem

The GAA has many issues that need solving at the moment, ranging from the way our championships are structured, to the amount of times players are training, to young stars burning out. While these all need attention, there is one issue the GAA is neglecting that is more important than the others, as it happens directly on the field of play. I’m talking about how injury …

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Embrace The Change Illustrated By Waterford’s Hurlers

Waterford’s run to League glory was coupled with criticism of their defensive style of play. However, a lot of hurling teams, and even football sides, could learn from Derek McGrath’s system. A hurling team’s advantage over football is that the instant the opposition is dispossessed in the middle third, a score is nearly always on. Points are regularly picked off …

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Time for a change of Harte in Tyrone GAA?

It’s been a long time since All-Ireland success for Tyrone. In recent years, things have looked a lot more like regress than progress. Is Harte’s time up? 2015 has been a mixed year so far for Tyrone football. This Saturday, the under 21’s face Tipperary in Parnell Park in the final of the under-21 Championship as the Red Hands go in …

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The Curious Case Of Kildare: What Has Happened To The Lilywhites?

Arguably the greatest fall from grace in the past few years in the land of Gaelic Football is that of Kildare. Only five years ago they were a kick of the ball away from reaching the All-Ireland Football final after losing a thrilling, but highly-controversial semi-final to Down. If Benny Coulter’s square ball goal had been disallowed who knows what the …

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GAA: Should The Purposelessness Of The National League Be Abolished?

The GAA is kidding itself. Nobody cares about the National League, not really anyway. So why not do away with the charade and ditch the thing altogether?  In a world where players seem to have close to twelve-month seasons, it is weird to sometimes hear respected pundits and managers say that the team ‘isn’t quite there’ in terms of fitness or …

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Are Rising Roscommon Ready To Rule Connacht?

A fortnight has now passed since a glorious weekend for Roscommon football. A fourth Connacht u21 football title in six years on Saturday evening was followed by the senior footballers securing back-to-back promotions on Sunday afternoon.  With Roscommon now lying in the top tier of Gaelic Football and a constant stream of underage talent coming through the ranks, we ask, are …

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All-Ireland Under-21 Football Semi-Finals Preview

This week, Tipperary were crowned Munster Under-21 Football champions, while Tyrone claimed honours in Ulster, meaning that the pairings for the All-Ireland Under-21 Football semi-finals are now known. Leinster Champions Dublin will face Tipperary in Tullamore on Saturday week, while Tyrone will face Roscommon in Markievicz Park on the same day. Both semi-finals promise to be very competitive affairs, and in …

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GAA Players Emoji Quiz

We here at Pundit Arena GAA love a good challenge, but some of these are tough. Can you guess the following GAA players from these emoji clues?   Post your answers in the comment section below, or on our Facebook page.   Hat-tip to joe.ie, and Ciaran Redmond, orignal creator.

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The Cult XV: A Team of Football’s Cult Heroes

Following our hurling team last week, we’ve decided to compile a team made from football’s most memorable cult heroes. Some of these lads may not have won bundles of All Ireland’s, but their legacy lives on through the status afforded to them by fans. This is the Cult XV.   Goalkeeper: Shane Curran (Roscommon) The Roscommon goalkeeper was an icon for …

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GAA: Munster U-21 Football Championship Roundup

cork gaa hurling

Here Eoghan Lordan takes a look back at all the action from the Munster Under-21 Football Championship.  Reigning Munster u-21 Football Champions Cork will take on Tipperary in this year’s final after Seán Hayes’ side defeated Kerry by 1-12 to 1-9 on Wednesday night, in a game which saw the end of Dara Ó Sé’s tenure as manager of the …

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Martin McHugh: ‘Don’t Forget About Gaelic Football’

Most of the fallout from the 2015 GAA Congress surrounded hurling. So it meant that there was little cause for discussion on RTÉ’s episode of League Sunday on March 1st seen as it was all football on show that weekend and very few of the motions in Cavan were related to football. Martin McHugh of Donegal was on the panel that …

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Here Are Five Other Successful GAA Retirement U-Turns

As the whole GAA world now knows, Paul Galvin is back. We all thought we had seen the end of one of the GAA’s most talked-about stars, but he’s back. Retirement u-turns have been seen to work with Kerry footballers before, so we decided to look at a number of players that have returned from retirement successfully.  ___________________________________________________________________ 1. Brian …

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Ten Motions To Look at Ahead of GAA Congress

The annual GAA congress takes places this weekend in Co. Cavan. There are a number of rules and motions up for change and vote. There are a number of big rules that could change games at all levels in the very near future. ______________________________________________________________ Here we look at ten interesting matters for debate. We also give our verdict as to …

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