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Dublin Hurling Star Forward Paul Ryan Emerges As A Doubt Ahead Of Championship Opener

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Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham will be sweating the fitness of star forward Paul Ryan in the run-up to the Championship opener against Wexford on May 21. The Ballyboden St Enda’s marksman was withdrawn just 15 minutes into the Southside club’s Championship clash with St Oliver Plunkett’s, due to a hamstring injury. The 2013 county champions ran out comfortable winners, on …

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Opinion: 10 Ways To Make The GAA More Progressive

Sean Cremin examines ten things that could be done to make the GAA more progressive. _____ 1. Sort out the fixture list The GAA fixture list is all over the place. GAA teams at all levels do not have enough competitive games at appropriate times of the year. It really is a case of ‘feast or famine’ at all levels. …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 3

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As the thousands departed Thurles yesterday evening, there was a real sense that they had witnessed a changing of the guard at hurling’s top table. Kilkenny were truly bettered by Clare, as the Banner out-worked, out-foxed and out-hurled the All-Ireland champions. Waterford were too good for a spirited Limerick side, as they turned on the style in the second half to blow …

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Kilkenny Make Five Changes As Teams Named For League Semi-Finals

tj reid Kilkenny

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has rung the changes ahead of the league semi-final against Clare. Tomorrow’s clash at Thurles pits together the only two sides to have won the All-Ireland in the last five years, and the Cats welcome back some big names after disposing of Offaly in the quarter-final. The Nore-siders know that the Banner will bring a different test, …

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The Issue In Wicklow Hurling Is Far From Minor

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The Wicklow minor hurlers have had their say on their recent heavy defeat to Meath in the Leinster championship. Three of their players have written an open letter in response to an article in their local newspaper regarding their performance. The players were unhappy with how they were compared with their football colleagues in Wicklow and felt that the comparison …

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The Evolving Role Of Goalkeepers In Gaelic Games

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We take a closer look at how the role of goalkeepers has changed in modern gaelic games. “Paddy dashed back to his goal like a woman who smells a cake burning….” The words of the great journalist Con Houlihan, describing the now infamous goal scored by Mikey Sheehy against Paddy Cullen in the 1978 All Ireland final. A very talented …

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Conal Keaney Retires From Intercounty GAA

Conal Keaney

Ger Cunningham and the Dublin hurlers will be without Ballyboden St Enda’s star Conal Keaney this season, as the veteran has retired from intercounty action. Having helped the Dubs to lift the Walsh Cup in 2003, which was deemed as major progress for the small ball in the capital at the time, he exclusively played football until 2010, picking up …

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2016 National Hurling Leagues: Six Major Talking Points

Brian Cody Kilkenny

So as we approach the semi-finals of this year’s league campaign, there has been much to talk about. From Kilkenny’s continued dominance, Cork’s great escape and the success story of Kerry hurling, this year’s campaign had it all. Here are six major talking points that have emerged: 1. Cork Survive This angers me if I’m being honest. Cork, who finished the …

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Kieran Kingston Cuts Five Senior Players From Cork Hurling Squad

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Cork hurling had a dream weekend, as they defeated Galway in the league promotion/relegation play-off in Salthill, ensuring that they will play in Division 1A for 2017. The Rebels lost all five games up to that point, including heavy defeats away to Tipperary and Dublin. Manager Kieran Kingston has wielded the axe this evening however, as the build-up to championship begins. …

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The Rise And Rise Of Kerry Hurling: John Egan Talks The Small Ball In The Kingdom

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Kerry comprehensively defeated Laois on Saturday afternoon to maintain their status in Division 1B of the National Hurling League, and now look to push on this summer in the Leinster championship. Limerick legend Ciarán Carey has taken over as manager, as the Kingdom surpassed everybody’s expectations by recording wins over Offaly and Laois (twice). They had too much class for …

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