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Hurling: Top 10 Moments From The 2016 Intercounty Season

Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary's Brendan Maher lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

2016 is about to draw to its conclusion so it is time for some end of season reviews. It was not the best hurling year of all time, but the semi-finals in particular managed to produce three incredible games while Tipperary finally gained revenge for 2014 over their great rivals Kilkenny. Here are Pundit Arena GAA’s Top 10 Hurling Moments …

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New Funding Plan Announced For Intercounty GAA Players

Dessie Farrell GPA GAA

It has been announced today that €6.9 million has been allocated for GAA players over the next three years. This represents a major rise in the funding, which will more than triple the current amount. In an incremental rise over a number of years, the annual figure will rise to €3 million in 2019. BREAKING: GAA players grant scheme – …

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Reasons To Believe That Cuala Can Go All The Way

Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship Final, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 4/12/2016 O'Loughlin Gaels vs Cuala Cuala's Oisin Gough, David Treacy and Paul Schutte lift the trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

On Sunday afternoon we witnessed the Dublin Senior Hurling champions, Cuala, win their first ever Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship. The Dubliners defeated Kilkenny champions O’Loughlin Gaels in the final on a scoreline of 3:19-1:16. This was Dublin’s first senior hurling provincial win since Crumlin were victorious in the competition in 1980. Although the Kilkenny side displayed stages of dominance, players …

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Eoin Larkin’s Ex-Kilkenny Teammates React To Retirement Announcement

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/9/2015.Kilkenny vs Galway.Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody and Eoin Larkin celebrates.

Eight-time All-Ireland Senior hurling winner, Eoin Larkin, has hung up his boots. He has retired from the game as one of the most respected and successful hurlers of all time.  As well as the eight All-Ireland medals, Larkin had many other success stories with Kilkenny as he captured ten Leinster Senior hurling medals, six National League medals, and personally collected two …

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Reasons To Believe: Can Cork Improve in 2017?

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 9/7/2016 Cork vs Wexford Cork's Patrick Horgan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

With the 2016 inter-county season in the books, it is never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season. In this series, we will look at all the contenders and see what they can achieve in the new year. This week, we look at Cork at see if they can put a few bad seasons behind them and improve …

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Paddy Stapleton’s Ex-Tipperary Teammates React To Retirement Announcement

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final 19/4/2015 Tipperary Paddy Stapleton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Double All-Ireland winner Paddy Stapleton has hung up his boots. At 31 years of age, he has retired from inter-county hurling on the highest podium – with a current All-Ireland winner’s medal in his back pocket. Undeniably, Stapleton has been one of the most consistent corner-backs of the last decade. And some of his former Tipperary teammates have congratulated Paddy on …

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GAA Central Council Confirm Several Changes To Structure And Rules

Gaelic football mark GAA

The GAA have announced that the ‘mark’ rule, which is currently being tested in collegiate football, will be introduced across the board in 2017. This rule states that if a player beyond the 45 catches a kick-out cleanly, then they will be awarded a ‘mark’, which allows them to take a free kick or to continue playing. This aims to …

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Tony Kelly’s Hurling Honours Since 2010 Are Simply Ridiculous

Tony Kelly Ballyea

On Sunday, Ballyea overcame Cork champions, Glen Rovers, to be crowned with their first ever Munster hurling title. It was a dominant performance by Ballyea, but undeniably, the star of the show was Clare hurler Tony Kelly.  From winning Minor and u21 hurling championships, a National League, Senior All-Ireland to Fitzgibbon Cups with UL, it is without doubt that Tony Kelly …

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Limerick GAA Release Sharp New Jersey Ahead Of 2017 Season

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 19/6/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Spectators attempt to stay dry ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Limerick GAA have released a new-look jersey ahead of 2017. The kit which was voted for by fans and made by O’Neills features some new aspects. GAA Jersey As voted by the Limerick GAA faithfuls the New jersey is now available from O Neills pic.twitter.com/VEDI3qyK8Y — Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) November 18, 2016 There is a faded crest in the background …

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Pics: Westmeath GAA Reveal New Jersey Ahead Of 2017

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/6/2015 Westmeath vs Meath Westmeath's John Heslin scores a late goal despite Conor McGill and goalkeeper Patrick O’Rourke of Meath Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Westmeath have released their new jersey ahead of the 2017 season, after making some minor adjustments. The midlands county launched the kit last night. Players from @westmeath_gaa model the new county jersey @obrienmgar @MartyM_RTE pic.twitter.com/816lHN4Tfh — Renault Ireland (@renaultireland) November 16, 2016 There are minimal changes from last year’s effort, but the white lines from above and below the crest …

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Galway Hurling To Vote On The County Joining Munster Championship

Galway Joe Canning

The Galway hurling community has been vocal in recent weeks about their continued exclusion from the Leinster underage hurling championships, as well as the refusal by the Leinster council to grant the side home games in the senior competition. The Tribesmen have been treated as second class citizens since joining the province in 2009, and there have been several calls …

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Brian Cody To Continue As Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager

brian cody

Kilkenny hurling fans will be purring this morning as they wake to the news that the Alex Ferguson of GAA, Brian Cody, has chosen to remain at the helm of Ireland’s great hurling dynasty for another year. Cody has been in charge of Kilkenny since 1998 and in that time has led the Cats to unprecedented success. As he plans …

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Reasons To Believe: Can Kilkenny Bounce Back?

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 6/3/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With the 2016 inter-county season in the books, it is never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season. In this series, we will look at all the contenders and see what they can achieve in the new year. The series continues with a look at Kilkenny – last year’s beaten All Ireland finalists. Team: Kilkenny Manager: Brian Cody …

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Laois And Offaly Announce New Senior Hurling Managers

Laois Offaly Hurling

Two hurling managerial hot-seats have been filled this Monday evening, as Laois and Offaly have confirmed Eamonn Kelly and Kevin Ryan respectively. The O’Moore County were left without a manager after the departure of Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett. While they made huge progress under his tenure, 2016 was definitely a backwards step. However, there is an excitement that there is something …

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