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Galway Hurlers Have No Choice But To Deliver in 2016

Galway hurling was remembered for the wrong reasons in 2015. A second-half capitulation in the All-Ireland final led to a winter of unrest in the west. So what will become of the latest debacle? 2016 is almost ready to begin and the Tribesmen simply have to deliver. _____ ‘G-G-G Galway’ was the leading line on the nostalgic television advertisement that …

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Video: Kildare’s Daniel Flynn Scores Early Contender For Goal Of The Year

Winter football, as it still was January yesterday, is not noted for wonder scores. However, yesterday’s games in the opening round of National Football League threw up more than its fair share of rockets. Kildare got their Division 3 campaign off to the perfect start, with a 2-9 to 0-11 win away to last year’s Leinster finalists Westmeath. Substitute Daniel Flynn shipped …

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Syrian Refugees In Berlin Are Being Introduced To Hurling

Berlin’s first gaelic games club was founded in 2012 by Dublin native Colin Manning. The following year with the help of Kerry footballer, Chris Hennessy, the club began to expand. Due to the vast size of the city, the club split into two sides; Berlin GAA and Setanta Berlin, the latter focusing on families and kids. Despite the tragic passing …

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Why Preseason Hurling Success Is A Precursor For A Long Summer

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In recent weeks, many have questioned the merits of preseason GAA tournaments. Counties do not field full teams, and instead use it as a chance to bring in new talent. This month, we have heard the Walsh Cup and Munster Senior League criticised for being glorified challenge matches. But is that truly the case? With the hurling league now taking a shorter format, managers are …

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Toulon To Host Gaelic Football Match Ahead Of Crunch Game With Stade Francais

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The Azur Gaels have been invited to play an exhibition match at the Allianz Riviera Stadium. Although they have only been in existence since last September, the Azur Gaels have been invited to demonstrate gaelic football before Toulon’s highly anticipated Top 14 clash with Stade Francais on Sunday. With 35,000 fans expected to pack out the Allianz Riviera Stadium, it certainly …

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Lean And Mean Mickey Burke Shows Off New Meath Jersey

It’s that time of year again. This weekend sees the kick-off of the 2016 National Football League campaign, which gives us both an injection of competitiveness and interest following the nationwide pre-season tournaments. It also puts the game under the experimental microscope, where we see new players, new tactics and new kits. Only a few days ago came news of …

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Nationalism, Identity And The Problem With The GAA

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: A general view of the crowd during the International Rules Second Test between Ireland and Australia at Croke Park on November 5, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Dáire O’Driscoll takes an in-depth look at the contradictory nature of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s restrictions on displaying political views within GAA arenas. “The (Gaelic Athletic) association is apolitical. Any member is allowed to have their own political views or opinions outside, but Croke Park is not the place to make political gestures.” These are the words of the GAA’s head of Media Relations, …

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Video: Lar Corbett Plays Cricket With a Hurl

Tipperary hurling legend Lar Corbett is in Bangladesh at present, and was testing the culture with the locals. It is a well known fact that the country is cricket-mad, and the 2010 hurler of the year was tempted to get involved. However, he did not go for the traditional form of cricket, and left his own stamp on the game. …

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This Brian Cody Impersonation Is The Best Thing You Will See All Day

Aidan Tierney is a man close to our hearts here at Pundit Arena GAA. The Galway native shot to fame with his brilliant gig before the All-Ireland hurling final last September. Those impressions included Brian Cody, Tomás Mulcahy, Donal Óg Cusack, Joe Brolly, Colm O’Rourke and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. The great news is, he’s back better than ever, as we travel back …

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Gardaí Find Cocaine And Heroin In Wicklow GAA Club

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Officers from Greystones Garda station are looking into a matter at Kilcoole GAA club after an anonymous tip-off alerted Gardaí of a possible drug stash on club grounds. According to reports from Newstalk and the Independent.ie, Gardaí expect that they have uncovered €5,000 worth of cocaine and heroin stashed in the club’s old clubhouse. In a statement released on the club’s Facebook page, the …

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Clare Hurlers Dealt Hammer Blow Ahead Of Season

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The honeymoon period is over before it started for Donal Óg Cusack, as the Clare senior hurling management have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that Pat Donnellan could miss the whole season. Donnellan, 30, captained the Banner to All-Ireland success in 2013, and was named as an All-Star that same year. However, it appears that he may have …

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The Manchester GAA Club Which Is Living The Dream

Have you ever heard of the GAA team who play at international rugby stadiums, train under the watchful eyes of Sergio Aguero, and hit the gym with models? Even lads from Mayo are winning medals! Surely this sounds too good to be true, right? _____ St Peter’s GAA club in Manchester was founded in the 1970s. Its growth throughout the 1980s …

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Blatant Dismissal Of Players’ Proposals The Final Straw Before Final Ultimatum

In a year where the centenary of an uprising is being remembered and celebrated, it would be fitting that another major force in Irish society should have its voice heard against the oppressive nature of the GAA. As news filtered through of the GAA’s Central Council’s decision to propose three different alternatives to the current Senior Football Championship structure to be …

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Four Talking Points From The Weekend’s GAA Action

Joel Slattery looks at the major talking points from the weekend’s GAA action, including the debate over pre-season competitions and Longford’s upset against Dublin.  _____ Longford Upset The Dubs Given Dublin’s dominance in Leinster, any win over the men from the capital in any competition is a bonus for teams. With that in mind, credit must go to Longford for …

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Time For A GAA Calendar Year Season Has Come

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Long suffering GAA supporters are well used to spending January afternoons frozen stiff in a stand or terrace, watching managerial tickets put the potential stars of the summer through their paces (although, given the sodden conditions underfoot, it is usually a much slower pace). However, that isn’t necessarily the case given that many players nationwide are not available to play …

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