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Justin McNulty Fears Armagh’s Lack Of Appetite For Laois Replay

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This weekend, Laois and Armagh must face off all over again, after a replay was ordered by the CCCC. This was due to the fact that Laois used seven substitutes, one more than the permitted amount in their 1-10 to 0-10 win last Saturday. Former Laois manager and Armagh star Justin McNulty, speaking to The Irish Examiner, questioned whether there …

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GAA Change Their Plans Around Euro 2016

football hurling GAA DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: General View showing the exterior of Croke Park prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Ireland and France at Croke Park on February 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The GAA are not traditionally known as an organisation that are happy to change their plans around rival sporting events, and this was seen last weekend as a part of Laois vs Armagh overlapped with the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with Belgium. However, due to the overwhelming interest growing ahead of Ireland’s second round game following an historic …

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The CCCC Have Recommended A Replay Of Laois Vs Armagh

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The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) have recommended a replay of Laois vs Armagh, it is being reported by RTÉ. Laois won the game 1-10 to 0-10, but used seven substitutes. This was one over the permitted limit of six. When Shane Murphy came on for Brendan Quigley in injury time, it was their seventh substitution. Laois may protest that the …

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Pundits Should Appreciate Minnows Rather Than Write Their Epitaph

Football Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 12/6/2016 Tipperary vs Cork Tipperary's Brian Fox celebrates scoring their third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tipperary beat Cork. Galway beat Mayo. Laois beat Armagh. Cavan drew with Tyrone. What do these results have in common and why are they so significant? Is it because Laois bounced back from their defeat in Nowlan Park to take victory in the first round of the qualifiers? Is it because Tipperary finally broke down the door that they have been pounding on for the last …

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Laois Could Be Disqualified From The All-Ireland Football Championship

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Last Saturday, Laois defeated Armagh in the first round of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-10 in O’Moore Park. The Leinster side now progress, and were drawn to face Clare in the next round. However, throughout the course of the game, they used seven substitutes, which is over the permitted amount of six. …

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Cork Footballers Struggling To Find Leaders On And Off The Pitch

The 17th of October 2015 was the day the Cork County Board announced that Peadar Healy was the new manager of the Cork footballers. After a drawn-out process, a three-man committee along with Ger Lane, county board chairman, and Frank Murphy, county board secretary, decided that Healy was their new man and leader. To say the decision was surprising would be stating the obvious. …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 8

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 19/6/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary's Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring the third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The provincial finals are set. There are only four unbeaten teams left in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. The draw has been made for the qualifiers. It’s time for us to reassess the power rankings on the hurling landscape. 1. Waterford (No change) 2. Kilkenny (No change) Heading into the Leinster semi-final in Portlaoise last weekend, there were several questions-marks surrounding …

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The Draw For The All-Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 2A Has Been Made

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 1A, Owenbeg, Derry 18/6/2016 Derry vs Louth Derry's Emmett McGuckin and Louth's Padraig Rath Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

The draw for the All-Ireland Football Championship qualifiers has been made this morning on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland. Sligo have been paired with Leitrim in an all-Connacht clash. Elsewhere National Football League Division 3 champions Clare are pitted against Laois, who they will also face in the hurling draw, which was also made this morning. The Banner lost to …

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The Draw For The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers Has Been Made

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The draw for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers has been made this morning, which was live on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland. Despite an impressive march to the National Hurling League title, Davy Fitzgerald and Clare were dumped out of the Munster Championship by Waterford. However, they must rise again as they hope to repeat the heroics of 2013 by …

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Did The Economic Collapse Create A Dublin GAA Legacy?

Ciaran Priestly discusses the connection between economic strife and the success of Dublin’s football team in recent years. As the 2016 Senior Football Championship sprouts to life beneath the media haze of Euro 2016, much analysis will focus on repetition of recent trends and the inevitability of most results. Informed debate now questions whether the serious competition begins at either …

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Twitter Reacts As 14 Man Tipperary Dig Deep To See Off Limerick

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 19/6/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary's John O'Dwyer is sent off by Referee James McGrath Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tipperary have secured a place in the Munster Final against Waterford after they saw off Limerick in Semple Stadium this afternoon, on a scoreline of 3-12 to 1-16. The Premier were reduced to 14 men early in the game, after John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was dismissed for striking an opponent. A powerful image that sums up the task ahead of Tipp …

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Laois vs Armagh: An Intriguing Afternoon Awaits

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Kingspan Breffni Park, Co. Cavan 29/5/2016 Cavan vs Armagh Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

In 2003, the pairing of Armagh and Laois in the All-Ireland series was an exciting prospect. Led by Kieran McGeeney, Armagh were the most complete team in the country while Laois, under Mick O’Dwyer’s stewardship, were finally beginning to build on the foundations laid by their all-conquering minor sides of the mid-1990s. Sadly, tomorrow’s game is a much less attractive …

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Twitter Reacts To Tipperary’s Historic Win Over Cork

Tipperary claimed their first senior football championship win over Cork since 1944. Although Tipperary have invested heavily in establishing themselves as a footballing force in recent years, few would have given them a chance against Cork this afternoon. Nevertheless, history was made this afternoon, after Kevin O’Halloran kicked two late points, one from a 45 and another from a free,  to …

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Thursday Top 10 – The Best Kilkenny Hurlers This Millennium

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Seen as Kilkenny are about to kick off their 2016 Championship season and go for another three-in-a-row, this week’s Thursday Top 10 will look at the top 10 Kilkenny hurlers since the year 2000. Over those 16 seasons, Kilkenny have won ten All-Ireland titles and played in an incredible thirteen All-Ireland finals. Safe to say then that this wasn’t easy to …

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The Date For The Christy Ring Cup Final Has Been Changed

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The date for the final of the Christy Ring Cup has been changed. Although the CCCC had originally decided to to replay the Christy Ring Cup final next Saturday evening in Newry, Meath quickly objected to the scheduling of the replay so after last weekend’s embarrassing mix up. Citing player welfare and the lack of proper preparation time for the …

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