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A Game That Keeps On Giving: Write Off Hurling At Your Peril

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 13/8/2016 Kilkenny vs Waterford Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan with Kilkenny’s Joey Holden Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

The hurling championship had been widely criticised this summer until last Sunday’s drawn clash between Kilkenny and Waterford.  The replay yesterday was just as good and who knows what today’s clash with Galway and Tipperary have in store. This summer’s hurling had been hugely disappointing, with the Munster championship in particular coming under massive scrutiny. Contests were marred by a …

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Galway v Tipperary: The Key Battles

Seamus Callanan Tipperary Galway

Galway’s match-ups were critical to beating Clare and Micheál Donoghue’s match-ups will need to be as good today against Tipperary. Here, we outline the key battles for today’s second semi-final clash. Daithi Burke v Seamus Callanan Burke was crucial to Galway’s success over Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final three weeks ago. The Turloughmore man turned in a man-of-the-match display against …

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Exclusive: Tipperary Legend Pinpoints The Areas Where The Premier Can Beat Galway

Seamus Callanan Tipperary Galway

Tipperary face Galway tomorrow in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. The Tribesmen edged the Premier in a shoot-out last year, but confidence is high in Tipp. Three time All-Ireland winner John Leahy spoke to Pundit Arena ahead of the tie, pinpointing the areas where he thinks Tipperary have improved. “Padraic Maher has started to reach his potential. Michael Breen …

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Hurling: Top 10 All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals Since 2000

All Ireland Hurling Semi-Final Kilkenny vs Tipperary 18/8/2002 DJ Carey of Kilkenny and Thomas Costello of Tipp Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sulliv

Seen as it is such a big weekend of All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals, this week’s Thursday Top 10 will pick out the Top 10 All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals since the year 2000. We left out last Sunday’s game seen as a winner is yet to be determined. We looked long and hard, so here it goes.  10. Offaly 0-19 Cork 0-15 – …

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Galway: Who Can Help Them Back To The All-Ireland Final?

©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Sunday presents a huge game for Galway. The element of surprise is gone after beating Tipperary at this stage last year. A big challenge presents itself, but these are the challenges they must overcome if they are to win an All-Ireland. Here we run through the men that need to perform on Sunday 1. Daithí Burke The way Galway have …

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Tipperary: Who Will Help Them To Gain Revenge For 2015?

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 16/8/2015.Tipperary vs Galway.TipperaryÕs Padraic Maher.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Tipperary face Galway in the second All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday. At this point last year, Tipp were caught by the same opposition. Having impressed through Munster this year, Tipp look to be in a good position to gain revenge for last years loss.  1. Padraic Maher This is the man who sums up the Tipperary hurlers. Playing well, Maher …

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Waterford: Five Key Men For The Replay With Kilkenny

A lot of people feel that Waterford have missed their chance to beat Kilkenny. But they are still in the 2016 championship and are in with a legitimate chance of winning the All-Ireland title. Here we pick out the Déise’s five key men ahead of Saturday’s replay. 1. Austin Gleeson Gleeson showed the last day that he is the real …

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Kilkenny: Five Key Men For Saturday’s Replay Against Waterford

Brian Cody Kilkenny

Waterford gave Kilkenny a second chance. This is something that may teams have rued in the past as Brian Cody’s men have often triumphed in replays. Here we pick out five key figures ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay.  1. TJ Reid This is the man with the biggest scope for improvement in the Kilkenny side. By his high standards, …

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Connolly May Have Been Targeted But Dublin Are Not Victims Of Modern Football

Another weekend, another buzz word for Gaelic football to add to an increasingly laden vocabulary. Targeting. Saturday evening’s All-Ireland football quarter-final double header at Croke Park has raised the issue of the targeting of high profile players by opposition players. Seán Cavanagh, Aidan O’ Shea and Diarmuid Connolly have all been discussed as players that received such treatment last weekend. While …

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Cork GAA: Páirc Uí Chaoímh To Be Renamed?

Cork GAA began the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoímh at the end of 2014, with that stadium set to be completed in 2017. But speculation is mounting that, it will no longer be called Páirc Uí Chaoímh. The most controversial stadium development in GAA history could be set to take another twist as The Irish Examiner are reporting that Cork …

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Galway Legend Predicts A Tipperary Win On Sunday

Seamus Callanan Tipperary Galway

Galway hurling legend Ollie Canning is not a confident man ahead of Sunday, as his younger brother Joe and the rest of the Tribesmen take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final. The four-time All-Star was speaking to the Irish Times. The two sides met at the same stage 12 months ago, with Galway coming out on top. However under new …

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Waterford: The Changes That Made A Difference

Kilkenny vs Waterford Waterford supporters Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 7/8/2016

Waterford changed their formation for last Sunday’s semi-final. They took a far more positive approach and had a real go at Kilkenny. They expressed themselves and took on the Cats. The result was arguably their best display under Derek McGrath, and by far the best match of 2016. It is worth asking how Waterford departed from their previous over defensive mindset, …

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Austin Gleeson: An Icon Hurling Needed So Badly

Austin Gleeson’s name is constantly in the media but his name is there for a reason. He is hurling’s new superstar. It is hard to believe that the Mount Sion man is only 21 years of age. Remarkably, this is his third championship campaign for the Déise after making his championship debut against Cork in the 2014 drawn Munster quarter-final. …

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