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Muireann Atkinson: AFLW Will Be Poaching More Players From Ireland

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For now, the only thing on Muireann Atkinson’s mind is securing back-to-back O’Connor Cup triumphs as the Monaghan star attacks 2019 head-on.  However, a different opportunity was presented to the DCU student last year after she was one of 18 women selected from around the world to travel to Australia for AFLW trials. Atkinson admits she did not know much …

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Cillian O’Connor Excited By Emerging Talent Within Mayo

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Cillian O’Connor’s absence for the beginning on this year’s Allianz League gives James Horan the chance to try and blood some fresh faces into the Mayo squad ahead of a huge 2019 campaign. Brian Reape and Conor Diskin have been granted their first league start this weekend against Roscommon, whilst O’Connor recovers from knee surgery, but the Ballintubber man maintains …

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Harte Hands Two Debuts As Tyrone Name Team For Kerry Opener

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Mickey Harte has named two debutants in his side for Sunday’s clash with Kerry in the opening round of this year’s Allianz Football League. Galbally’s Liam Rafferty and Brian Kennedy of Derrylaughan come into the starting XV at right-corner-back and midfield respectively for the highly anticipated match at Fitzgerald Stadium. Meanwhile, Harte has named nine of the side that lost …

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Mulligan: Canavan Will Stay Grounded Despite ‘Exceptional’ Talent

Owen Mulligan Darragh Canavan

Tyrone legend, Owen Mulligan says up and coming talent, Darragh Canavan, will remain grounded despite his prolific rise.  Darragh, son of Peter Canavan, burst onto the inter-county scene last year when he starred for the U17 side, scoring 1-03 against Roscommon alone. He made his senior debut off the bench in the McKenna Cup earlier this month. Mulligan has been …

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Mayo Name Strong Team For League Opener Against Rossies

Newly reinstalled manager, James Horan, has named a strong Mayo starting team for their Allianz Division 1 League opener with Roscommon on Saturday.  Among his more experienced players, Horan has included two league debutants after impressing during the Connacht FBD League campaign. Brian Reape from Bohola Moy Davitts has been named at full-forward, while alongside him at corner-forward is Conor Diskin …

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Gallagher Hails Stephen Rochford’s Fresh Ideas For Donegal

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Donegal defender, Eoghan Bán Gallagher, has praised the attacking approach that Stephen Rochford has brought to Donegal from his time with Mayo and Corofin. Rochford stepped down as manager of Mayo at the end of last season after three years in charge and was appointed to Declan Bonner’s coaching staff in October, replacing the outgoing Karl Lacey. Speaking at the …

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Dublin’s Niamh McEvoy On Going Against The GAA Grain

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Niamh McEvoy is a veteran of ladies Gaelic football at this stage having been on the inter-county scene since 2010 when she collected an All-Ireland medal in her maiden season.  The St. Sylvesters star has since gone on to become a three-time All-Ireland winner having played a pivotal role in Dublin’s back-to-back triumph in 2017 & 2018.  McEvoy had been working as …

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Connell Believes Allianz League Now More Attractive Than Championship

As the days tick down towards the first weekend of the 2019 Allianz Football League, teams around the country are putting the final touches on their squads before the season begins.  Whilst history tells us that the National League doesn’t count for much and that it’s all about Championship, it’s clear that attitude is changing as more and more teams see …

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Eimear Scally: There’s Not Much Between Dublin And The Chasing Pack

Cork’s Eimear Scally doesn’t believe there is much between Dublin and the chasing pack in the race for this year’s Brendan Martin Cup.  Mick Bohan’s side will attempt to land three-in-a-row in 2019, with many feeling that they could go on to dominate the game just like Cork before them who won six-in-a-row between 2011-2016. Scally feels that, despite Dublin going …

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Divilly: “We’re Getting Fed After Training Which Maybe Wasn’t A Thing”

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Galway and NUIG Ladies Footballer, Siobhan Divilly, has praised the impact that the growth of the sport has had on the players.  Last September, a record-breaking crowd of 50,141 attended the All Ireland final clash between Dublin and Cork, almost double that of the 27,374-strong crowd present in the 2014 final between the same counties. The Ladies Gaelic Football Association …

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Horan On New Rules: We’ll Have To Wait And See How Managers Evolve

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John Horan has admitted that the decision to scrap the experimental handpass rule for this year’s Allianz Football League, divided opinion within the Central Council. The GAA President admitted that last Saturday’s meeting was one of the longest debates he had been involved with, and a number of factors came into making the decision. “Some people felt, having witnessed it …

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GAA Round-up: Watch As Wonder Goal Sends Naomh Eanna Into Final

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The role of the fly-keeper has become more and more common following the antics of All-Star Rory Beggan, and Laois goalkeeper Graham Brody, but it was only a matter of time before this happened. Galway and Connacht champions, An Spidéal entered into today’s All-Ireland intermediate final against Antrim’s Naomh Eanna buoyed by goalkeeper Magnus Breathnach’s performances up until this point. …

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McCurry: McKenna Cup Final Felt Like A Championship Match

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Tyrone and Armagh played out an intense, physical battle last night in the McKenna cup final in front of 11,000 spectators at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. In what was a joy to watch for fans given the time of year, with returning Tyrone forward Darren McCurry likening it to a Championship game in terms of atmosphere, as well as …

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Proposed Handpass Rule Will Not Continue In National League

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The GAA Central Council have voted to scrap plans to introduce the proposed three handpass rule into Gaelic Football for the National League.  All four other proposed rule changes – the sin bin, the attacking mark, the amendments to the kick out and the forward sideline change – will come into effect for the competitions. There was widespread objection to …

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Darran O’Sullivan: “Kerry Need Cork” To Test Themselves

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Former Kerry footballer, Darran O’Sullivan, strongly believes that the Kingdom need to be challenged in the Munster championship if they are to be serious All Ireland contenders. In June of last year, Kerry recorded their sixth Senior Munster Football title in a row when they dismantled rivals, Cork, in the final on a scoreline of 3-18 to 2-4. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s …

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O’Brien On Clifford: “He’s Unbelievable At Singing… He Just Has It All”

Stephen O'Brien on David Clifford

Though the championship didn’t exactly go to plan for Kerry, one major positive from 2018 was the emergence of David Clifford as one of their star players. The 19-year-old scored a phenomenal 4-18 throughout Kerry’s campaign, including 1-5 during the otherwise dismal encounter with Galway and that all important goal against Monaghan that saw them live to fight another day. …

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Wylie On Long Commutes, Demanding Schedules & Marking The Best

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Ryan Wylie may be used to lining out against the blue jerseys of Dublin, but off the field, the Monaghan defender is settled into life in the capital.  The 24-year-old first moved to Dublin when he began his studies in Radiography in UCD and it was there that he struck up friendships with Paul Mannion, Jack McCaffrey and Michael Fitzsimons, …

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