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Galway Receive Major Boost Ahead Of Tipperary Showdown

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Galway Manager Michael Donoghue Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In just nine days, Galway take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-final. The Tribesmen shocked the Premier at this point last year, recording a famous victory at Croke Park. However they went on to lose the final against Kilkenny, and the rest is history. Anthony Cunningham was replaced by Mícheál Donoghue, and the new manager has received a …

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Hurling: Who Are The Top 10 Forwards In The Game Right Now?

Hurling Joe Canning Seamus Callanan

Last week, we compiled a list of the best 10 football forwards in the country. Today, it’s time for the hurling. 10. Colin Fennelly Sometimes the underrated star of the Kilkenny machine, Fennelly is a top class operator. A trait of Brian Cody’s teams over the last 17 years is that game-winners can pop up anywhere. Colin Fennelly could have …

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Opinion: The GAA Should Be An Integral Part Of Our Educational System

Croke Park Croker GAA

Recently appointed National Hurling Development Officer Martin Fogarty made some interesting comments in recent weeks regarding his view that the GAA should take a larger role in the education system. In an interview with GAA.ie, he explained his view that hurling should be part of the school curriculum in secondary schools around the country. According to Fogarty, hurling and the GAA is …

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Part 1: Ranking The Best Sets Of Brothers Currently In The GAA

The GAA has a tradition of producing famous sets of talented brothers. Here, we rank the best sets of brothers currently playing the game. As much as we would like to include the likes of the Brogans, the Cannings the Kernans, the O’Sés and the Powers, the fact that only one brother remains on the field of play, means that we can’t …

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Five Key Men For This Weekend’s GAA Action

It is a big weekend of GAA action with two massive All-Ireland football quarter-finals on Saturday and the first of the hurling semi-finals on Sunday. Here we pick who we think will be five key men over the three games. Derek McGrath – Waterford Why pick a manager? Is it not all about the players on the pitch? Not in …

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Waterford – Where Do The Deise Stand Now?

If it wasn’t for an historic and epic U-21 Munster triumph this day last week against Tipperary in Walsh Park, the fog would be much denser around most thoughts and conversations south of the Suir on the prospect of facing Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi Final on Sunday in HQ. The doom and gloom, which is still there to some extent, would …

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Hurling: The Five Most Underrated Players In Ireland

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Conor Fogarty with Padraic Mannion of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Hype and big names will always gain the attention of GAA people in hurling and football. Whether it is the public, the media, the supporters or whoever, there will always be fan favourites and those whose most simple acts will be lauded. Here we put the shoe on the other foot, and look at those who receive little recognition. Here …

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The Best 15 Remaining In The Hurling Championship

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's TJ Reid Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It is time to put some people’s noses out of joint yet again with this week’s Tuesday Team Selection. Last week we picked the best 15 hurlers knocked out of the championship, now we pick the best 15 remaining in the championship. Kilkenny fans, we are ready for the abuse!! Colm Callanan – Galway It is not a great time …

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Tribute Tuesday – Waterford’s Paul Flynn

All Ireland Hurling Semi-Final Waterford 8/8/2004 Paul Flynn Mandatory Credit©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

His name has been continued in GAA circles as a Dubliner makes the name famous in football. But for so long, the standout Paul Flynn in GAA was the Waterford hurler. Ahead of this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final, we remember one of Waterford’s greatest ever players. Waterford play Kilkenny in the first of this year’s All-Ireland hurling semi-finals on Sunday. This …

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A Revamped Hurling Calendar Could Have Huge Benefits For The Game

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Waterford stand for the national anthem Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It hasn’t been great has it? For want of a better word, without being a negative nelly, and not to put too fine a point on it, you really can’t ignore the two-tonne elephant sitting in the room. Thus far, apart one or two half decent games, the 2016 Hurling Championship has been one elongated damp squib of a summer. As to why that …

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Video: PFA Player Of The Year Riyad Mahrez Tries His Hand At Hurling

Leicester city winger Riyad Mahrez was pitted against Monaghan football star Conor McManus in a keepy-uppy contest, which included a hurling challenge. Mahrez, who has been subject to intense transfer speculation linking him to Arsenal could yet undergo a radical career change and line out as a hurler. McManus and Mahrez were tasked with keeping the ball off the floor using …

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Freedom, Abandon, Instinct: Waterford u21’s Show The Way Forward

Waterford and Tipperary played out another u21 game to remember last night. Lead by the fantastic Austin Gleeson, the Déise played with freedom, abandon and instinct. Although last night’s final result suggests a dominant Waterford display, it wasn’t until late on where Waterford asserted their dominance and pushed on to win quite comfortably in the end. Senior stars Patrick Curran, Tom …

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Six Young Stars To Watch In Tonight’s Munster u21 Final

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Waterford’s Austin Gleeson and Ronan Maher of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Waterford will face Tipperary in this year’s Munster u21 hurling championship tonight at Walsh Park. Here, we take a look at the six players to keep an eye on. Waterford, backboned by a host of senior stars, go in to this evening’s tie as firm favourites to claim a first u21 title for the county in 21 years. Conor Gleeson …

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Is Hurling In Danger Of Being Swept Away?

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 9/8/2015.Kilkenny vs Waterford.Waterford's Tadhg de Burca.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

It has been a bad couple of weeks for hurling teams playing with extra defenders. Following a Munster final in which Tipperary rolled over Waterford as if they were nothing more than a speed bump, last Sunday saw Clare brusquely eliminated by Galway. PM O’Sullivan likened the Munster final to the Brexit vote, with opposing camps disputing the value of …

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