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Fitzgibbon Cup – Why All The Confusion?

The overriding theme from this year’s Third Level competitions has been expulsions and appeals off the pitch that has totally taken away from action on the field of play. So why is there so much hassle with these competitions? So let’s look at the current situation in the 2015 Fitzgibbon Cup. Cork Institute of Technology and University of Limerick have already …

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Five Talking Points From Week 2 Of The National Hurling League


There were stark contrasts between week one and week two of the National Hurling League. Cork bounced back, Kilkenny were beaten, Tipperary looked like a different team at home and Galway put up a strong fight in Thurles. 1. A new era for Dublin? Two wins from two with both being very impressive performances have sparked questions of a new era …

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Sky’s The Limit For The GAA

So it’s definitely too early to call Sky’s coverage of the GAA a failure. But it most definitely hasn’t been the best of starts.   There has been much debate throughout the country ever since the GAA agreed to sell rights to championship matches to Sky Sports last April. Almost a year on and it appears the deal hasn’t been …

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WATCH: Mickey ‘The Rattler’ Byrne Talks Hurling In His Day

We got lost in the depths of Youtube and uncovered this gem. Mickey Byrne talks Tom Semple, shemozzles (The man, not the stadium) and more.    Mickey Byrne had an illustrious Hurling career spanning fifteen years. The right corner-back claimed 4 All-Ireland’s, 4 Munstter titles and 7 National Hurling League titles. In an era where an Inter-county team may only clock up …

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Week 2: Here’s The PA Hurling Team of the Week

There were some impressive individual and team performances over the second weekend of the National Hurling League. We learned that Kilkenny are not invincible while the likes of Cork and Tipperary bounced back from poor opening day performances. Here is the Pundit Arena GAA, Team of the Week. ___________________________________________________________________ Patrick Kelly – Clare Clare may have been comprehensively beaten by …

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Dublin Send Out Warning With Powerful Display vs The Cats

Dublin sent out a warning this afternoon to the hurling world, with a powerful performance in All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny’s back yard. Following last week’s victory over Tipperary, Ger Cunningham’s side sit pretty atop Division 1A, and momentum is building in the capital.   Although Jonjo Farrell was incorrectly dismissed on 24 minutes, the Dubs were full value for their win. Up …

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Can Dublin Afford To Keep Liam Rushe At 14?

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Here Brian Barry ponders if Dublin will ultimately benefit from Liam Rushe’s move to full-forward.   The Dublin hurlers are slowly adjusting to life under Ger Cunningham, and following an opening round victory against Tipperary in the league, optimism is soaring in the capital. The Corkonian has brought several changes to the table, in both mentality and personnel. The Dubs have …

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Dublin Double On The Cards?

After last week’s assessment of Cork GAA and their chances of doing the double, we now take a look at how Dublin can fare.   In many people’s eyes, it is Dublin who are the one team that can claim All-Ireland honours in both codes come September. As things stand, they are in a very healthy position to do so. …

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Hurling: 5 Big Moments from League’s Opening Weekend

The National Hurling League is back. Chris Prendergast recaps the five biggest moments from week one.   This weekend saw the Allianz Hurling League return with a bang. Roinn 1 saw action between Cork v Kilkenny, Dublin v Tipp, and Galway v Clare. Roinn 2 opened its campaign with Laois v Offaly, Limerick v Waterford, and Wexford v Antrim For …

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Would A Draft System Work In The GAA?

With a draft system being implemented across the majority of America’s major sports, Brian Barry discusses whether or not such a system would work in the GAA.  Carlow for Sam 2022? Read this and it might not seem so far-fetched! First things first. This is a hypothetical analysis, not necessarily advocating for such a system, rather merely pondering its plausibility. Now …

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Players to Watch in Division 1A 2015 National Hurling League

The National Hurling League returns and all eyes will turn to the Heavyweights in Division 1A. Here’s each county’s man to watch   Aidan Walsh – Cork The Cork man is playing hurling only for 2015 and could be ready to make a big impact on the hurling scene. A lot of people will only remember his last game of …

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National Hurling League: Week 1 Preview

Week 1 of the National Hurling League is upon us. Brian Barry gives his verdict on who will come out on top.    Division 1A Cork v Kilkenny Cork’s Waterford Crystal Cup campaign bore considerable fruit, in light of the successful experimentation by Jimmy Barry-Murphy. They unearthed some new talent, and the Darren McCarthy’s switch outfield has increased JBM’s options. …

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Is The Double A Reality For Cork GAA?

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The start of the 2015 season has brought an end to the dual debate down south. However, is achieving both All-Irelands a reality for the Rebel County in the near future? While the glorious year of 1990 for Cork GAA will not fade in the minds of the rebel faithful for a long time, there is a growing sense that it may …

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Kilkenny In Transition: When Have We Heard That Before?

Mind games, mind games, mind games. They have become synonymous in management as the profile of managers and the media has grown in sport worldwide and now Brian Cody is getting ready to play a few more with the hurling fraternity. Sean Cremin discusses. The brave people, or some say ill-informed people, wrote Kilkenny off following their poor 2013 championship. …

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