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Christmas Wish List For Intercounty Hurling Teams: Part 1

As we close in on the 25th of December, a lot of teams will take a short break before embarking on the regular January slog. The 2014 season is very much a thing of the past and all eyes are now focused on 2015. Here Sean Cremin looks at what certain intercounty managers may have on their wish lists for Christmas. …

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3 Problems The Galway Hurling Committee Need To Sort

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Ashling Dalton discusses the three main issues that have thrown Galway hurling into controversy in the past few weeks. In recent weeks the strength of Galway hurling has been thrown into disarray with disagreements over leadership of the hurling committee, shots being fired at the Leinster council for not including Galway underage teams in the Leinster championship, and holdups which have resulted in …

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Anthony Daly Moves To The Treaty

Anthony Daly has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy. Daly stepped down as Dublin’s senior hurling manager earlier this year after six years with the side. In his time there he steered the Metropolitans to their first National League and Leinster titles in over 50 years; giving a much needed boost to hurling in …

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Eoin Kelly: The Greatest Inside Forward Of The Last 20 Years

It is tribute time again on Pundit Arena as the list of retired intercounty hurlers continues to grow. We have covered Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney and now it’s the turn of Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly. Never has there been a year when so many high-profile players have hung up their boots and fitting tributes must be paid to some of …

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Hurling: A Starting 15 That We Won’t See in 2015

Retirements are part and parcel of the off-season of any sport but 2014 has been a big one for players finishing or postponing their intercounty hurling careers. Here is a starting line-up of players who will not take to the hurling fields in the 2015 championship, unless circumstances change themselves.   1. David Herity (Kilkenny) The Kilkenny net-minder has hung …

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JJ Delaney: The Understated Superhero

With JJ Delaney announcing his retirement last year, Ashling Dalton takes a look back at what made the Kilkenny man so good.  It seems the winter of 2014 was awash with retirements in the GAA world, in particular Kilkenny. Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, David Herity and Aidan Fogarty all walked away with a bucketful of All-Ireland medals between them. However, …

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GAA’s Proposed M50 Stadium Is A Disastrous Idea

Brian Barry discusses the GAA’s controversial plans to build a new stadium close to the M50 in order to better serve the province of Leinster. There were numerous calls from the GAA public for Dublin to play Leinster Championship games outside Croke Park. GAA President Liam O’Neill has since come out this week and suggested the construction of a 40,000 seater …

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Tommy Walsh: The Greatest Hurler Of His Era, If Not All Time

The end of any season in any sport can spark the retirements of many players. In 2014 a lot of big names in GAA have announced their decision to no longer persevere with their hurling and football careers. Here Sean Cremin looks back on one of those careers, that of Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh.   As mentioned in the introduction, a lot …

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3 Of Tommy Walsh’s Most Distinguished Traits

Last week saw the retirement of one of the most celebrated talents in GAA; the legendary Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny. There are few superlatives that are left to describe the Tullaroan terrier. It would be easy to write an elongated article about Walsh’s career, but it is best to leave that to the historians. Instead, let us focus on the important …

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3 Moments Illustrating Brian Cody’s Tactical Genius

Last Monday saw the totally unsurprising re-appointment of Ireland’s answer to Alex Ferguson and Bruce Lombardi – Brian Cody. In Kilkenny circles, It was inevitable that he would continue on into his 17th season, but there was idle speculation everywhere else  that he would walk into the sunset with a remarkable ten All-Ireland titles to his name. While we await to …

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Ten Sporting One Hit Wonders

A one hit wonder is a term better associated with music but sport has often been subject to many a person who was in the spotlight for a period of time and then found themselves cast back into obscurity. Sean Cremin provides us with a list of ten sporting ‘one hit wonders’ in no particular order. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tim Tebow – American …

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PA Hurling Power Rankings: No. 5 – 1

The time has come to decide the final five players in the Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings. Here’s who we think are the top five hurlers in Ireland at the moment. 5. TJ Reid Reid was another player who brought his game forward another level or two this year. For so long, he was a sub on the Kilkenny side that many people said would walk into …

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PA Hurling Power Rankings: No. 15 – 5

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Tony Kelly led the way last year, having been crowned double Hurler of the Year for 2013. Will he top the charts again for 2014? Here are numbers 15-5. 15. Cathal Barrett Barrett was the outstanding newcomer of the 2014 championship and was absolutely brilliant at corner-back for Tipperary. Even when Tipperary were struggling, Barrett still shone this year and …

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PA Hurling Power Rankings No. 25 – 15

A few months back. we put together Ireland’s top twenty-five hurlers prior to the throw-in of the 2014 hurling season. Now that the season has ended, it is time to reassess our power rankings. Tony Kelly led the way having been crowned double Hurler of the Year for 2013. Will he top the charts again for 2014? Form is the …

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3 Issues For Ger Cunningham To Sort Out In Dublin

With the recent appointment of Ger Cunningham as Dublin’s senior hurling boss, it is no secret that he has his work cut out for him. Ashling Dalton discusses three issues Cunningham must sort out.  The Anthony Daly era has seen the Blues make massive strides in becoming one of hurling’s top powers and how Cunningham goes about building on that success …

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3 Reasons GAA Dual Stars Are Opting For One Code

GAA dual stars look to be dwindling in numbers as the game steadily advances in commitment level, here Ashling Dalton looks at three of the main reasons dual stars are opting for one code over the other.  Last week saw the announcement that Cork’s Aidan Walsh has opted to only play for Jimmy Barry Murphy’s hurlers next year, now he wasn’t …

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Top Three Hurlers That Were Robbed Of An All Star

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Ashling Dalton discusses three players that were unlucky not to be awarded an All Star following their performances in this year’s All Ireland campaign. To say the 2014 Hurling All Stars attracted much debate is an understatement. This is the first time only three counties have been represented in an All Star selection, which is a poor reflection on what …

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GAA GPA All-Star Predictions – Hurling

We covered the football earlier in the week and now it is time to predict who will receive the hurling All-Star awards for 2014. We gave our own equivalent of the all-stars when the season had concluded and had one or two controversial inclusions or exclusions as others might say. Here is who Sean Cremin believes will be rewarded at the banquet on …

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