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MacKenna On Monday: Jim Gavin Can’t Be Considered The Greatest Given Dublin’s Advantage

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‘You new models are happy scraping the shit, because you’ve never seen a miracle.’ Sappor Morton, Blade Runner 2049. In the immediate aftermath of the 2018 Champions League final, despite the undeniable excellence that was hugely worthy of respect, Real Madrid’s victory still grated a chunk. There was no talking down the crucial hardness of Sergio Ramos and brilliance of …

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Cork Ladies Football Manager Steps Down After Four Years In Charge

Cork Ladies Football manager Ephie Fitzgerald has stepped away from his role with the Rebel County after four years at the helm. Fitzgerald announced his departure following Cork’s 2-11 to 0-11 point loss to Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final. The Nemo Rangers man led the county to All-Ireland glory in 2016 as well as two National League titles in both …

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“Thrilled” Tipperary Manager Wary Of Falling Into Trap Of 2010

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As weeks go, it hasn’t been a bad one for Tipperary.  Last Sunday, their senior hurlers lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup after a 14-point victory over Kilkenny and just six days later, their U20 side recorded an 11-point win over rivals Cork to become the inaugural All-Ireland champions at the grade. It was an emphatic performance from start to finish …

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Five-Goal Tipperary Seal Second Title In Six Days With Defeat Of Cork

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Cork 1-18 Tipperary 5-17 Reporting by Marisa Kennedy in LIT Gaelic Grounds. In 2010, six days after the seniors won the Liam MacCarthy, the Tipperary U21 side put five goals past Galway as they stormed to another All-Ireland title. Today, their U20s were in similar form as an outstanding first-half performance saw them cruise to victory over Cork. Kiladangan’s Billy …

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Major Preparation: How DJ Carey Resurrected Kilkenny Football

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In association with April 16, 2016, will forever be remembered as one of the lowest points in Kilkenny GAA as their Minor footballers were subjected to a 70-point beating by Wexford in the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship. The fallout from that defeat was major as the Kilkenny county board came in for huge criticism over the perceived lack …

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The Barbershop With Electric Ireland – Episode 3: Senior Influence

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In Episode 3 of ‘The Barbershop’, Electric Ireland GAA Minor Championships ambassadors, Derek McGrath, Karl Lacey, Alan Kerins and Mossy Quinn discuss the influence that senior stars can have on minor players. Galway legend Kerins recalls how playing at minor level gave him the confidence that he would one day line out for the senior side. “It just gave you …

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Tipperary Come Up Trumps In Pundit Arena Hurling Team Of The Year

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All too quickly, another hurling season has come to an end with Tipperary lifting the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 2016. Liam Sheedy returned to the helm after a nine-year absence and took a disheartened and disjointed group of players from the disappointment of 2018 to the heights of All-Ireland glory. Given their dominance in 2019, losing …

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Major Shootout: Win Two Tickets To The All-Ireland Football Final

In association with The life of a minor can oftentimes be all-go, all the time. It starts as soon as you wake up; the morning rush to eat a proper breakfast while feverishly packing the kit-bag for county training after school. Sitting in class, day-dreaming about kicking that winning point in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Football Final, or …

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Major Switches: Conor O’Malley On Preparing For Life Outside Sport

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In association with Before making the major switch across the water to apply his skills with Peterborough United, Conor O’Malley was better known in many parts of Ireland for his burgeoning GAA career that saw him rub shoulders with current Mayo captains, Diarmuid O’Connor and Patrick Durcan. O’Malley was the first-choice goalkeeper for the Mayo Minor squad in 2012. Overall …

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Corry’s Corner: Hurling Has Become Too Hard To Referee

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Tipperary are All-Ireland champions and deservedly so after a second-half blitz that totally tamed Brian Cody’s cats on Sunday. However, despite the tantalising hurling put on show by Callanan and co. The dominating narrative is Richie Hogan’s red card which is fair considering the controversial nature and how the game transpired following his dismissal. For what it’s worth, it was …

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Micheál Donoghue Steps Down As Galway Senior Hurling Manager

Micheál Donoghue has stepped down from his position as Galway manager after four seasons in charge of the Tribesmen. Donoghue announced his departure on Tuesday after a successful spell in charge despite their early Championship exit this season. His exit comes as somewhat of a shock as Donoghue had agreed to stay on at the helm for two further years …

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Richie Hogan Claims “Absolutely No Way” Should He Have Seen Red

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Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan has claimed there was “absolutely no way” he should have been sent-off during Sunday’s All-Ireland final with Tipperary. Hogan received his marching orders following a clash with Cathal Barrett towards the end of the first-half before Tipperary blitzed Kilkenny in the second en route to a 28th All-Ireland title. The decision to send off Hogan has …

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Hurling Stars Have Their Say On VAR & Potential Officiating Changes

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Another Senior Hurling Championship season has come to an end and while there is still much to discuss following Tipperary’s victory on Sunday, one major talking point is the use of Hawk-Eye.  During the All-Ireland hurling final, a John Donnelly attempt was caught by the Tipperary goalkeeper, Brian Hogan, and he kept the ball in play. However, Hawk-Eye contacted the …

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Championship Deep-Dive: Hunger Drives Tipp To Glory Not Just Red Card

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Whether you believe that Richie Hogan’s sending off in the All-Ireland final was harsh or justified, there’s no denying that the decision played a role in Tipperary’s comfortable victory over Kilkenny.  However, as we saw in the enthralling semi-final battle between Wexford and Tipperary, a numerical advantage doesn’t necessarily work in favour of a team. Davy Fitzgerald’s men had no …

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