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Kilkenny In Numbers – One To Ten of The Cats’ Dominance

Fergal Cantwell discusses the dominance of Kilkenny hurling as they gear up for Sunday’s massive All Ireland Final with Tipperary in Croke Park. It is fair to say that Kilkenny have dominated the game of hurling since Brian Cody took over the reins back in 1999. His first year in charge ended with a heartbreaking defeat to Cork by the smallest of …

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All Ireland Final: Kilkenny v Tipperary – Three Key Battles

There’s just two days to go until the biggest hurling game of the year; Tipperary vs Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final. Brian Barry looks at three key battles that could determine the outcome of Sunday’s game. 1. JJ Delaney v Séamus Callanan Callanan has arguably been the player of the championship thus far, as is testified by his 2-04 …

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Then There Were Two: Kilkenny v Tipperary

Ger Loughnane once said that “some people say hurling isn’t very important in the scheme of things, but to hurling people hurling is the scheme of things.” It’s that very ‘scheme of things’ that comes to a head in Sunday’s All Ireland Final. It’s the Sunday in September every hurler wants to play in and every manager wants to be …

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TBT: All Ireland Final 2009 – Kilkenny Vs Tipperary

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The All Ireland Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary takes place this weekend so there’s no time like the present to remember a titanic tussle between the sides. There have been many memorable clashes between Kilkenny and Tipperary over the years, but in terms of sheer entertainment, 2009 stands out by a country mile. The clash had everything; a sending off, …

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Kilkenny vs Tipperary – Top Five Classic Clashes

Sunday’s All Ireland Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary will be the latest installment in a rivalry which has given us some of hurling’s greatest games. Brian Barry ranks the top five. 5. 2011 All-Ireland Final While the 2011 decider did not live up to its two predecessors, it was an almighty tussle nonetheless. Although the consensus on the day was …

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3 Counties That Had A Say In The Seasons Of Kilkenny & Tipperary

Kilkenny and Tipperary clash this weekend in the eagerly anticipated All Ireland Hurling Final. Ashling Dalton discusses three counties that played a part in the teams’ path to the final. The Tuesday before the Sunday. The calm before the storm. Call it what you like, talk of the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary will grip the country this week …

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Top Players from the Weekend’s GAA Action

This weekend’s GAA semi-finals were the best games of the summer in terms of excitement, score taking, and surprise. Mayo and Kerry’s clash had everything in an enthralling climax to their exquisite two-game saga. If that wasn’t enough, Donegal caused one of the biggest upsets in recent years, sinking Dublin at HQ. John Ivory is here to rate the top …

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Kerry v Mayo – A Game For The Ages

“It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago…But tonight there is someone I can write of the way I used to write, without reservations of any kind. Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock n’ roll past flash before …

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Hurling Championship Report Cards

John Ivory continues his delivery of the PA Report Cards for the hurling championship, with Waterford, Wexford, and Dublin coming under this week’s microscope. Waterford After a gritty performance against Cork that saw them earn a draw, optimism surrounding Waterford was high, especially after a poor league campaign. Unfortunately for the Déise men they fell flat in the replay. The …

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Forgotten Friday – Andrew O’Shaughnessy

This week’s Forgotten Friday looks at a hurler who looked destined to take the game by storm, but things did not work out this way for unfortunate reasons. This week’s forgotten man is former Limerick hurler Andrew O’Shaughnessy. O’Shaughnessy was a corner-forward who was one of the country’s brightest talents in the early 2000’s. In fact, he made his full …

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GAA Talking Points – 29th of August

It has been a quiet week on the hurling front as football has taken centre stage on the GAA circuit. Here are some of the week’s main talking points. Armagh Appoint Kieran McGeeney The departure of Paul Grimley came as a bit of a surprise following Armagh’s relatively successful season. Armagh footballers had been struggling for a while. Having won …

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GAA – Greedy As Always

The GAA is seen by many as the cornerstone of Ireland’s national culture. Some say that it epitomises what is great about this country as it showcases our most unique product. But is this true? Or are the GAA starting to lose its grip on what makes it so great? This is not the first time this year that this writer …

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Throwback Thursday Video: Dublin vs Donegal 1992

While the other semi-final has still yet to be decided, Dublin and Donegal are set to do battle this Sunday. So let us go back to 1992 to when the same two sides met in the All Ireland Final. It was the first time theses two sides met in a decider and was historical from a Donegal perspective  as it …

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All Ireland Football Semi-Final Preview – Dublin V Donegal

The second All Ireland Football Semi-Final is down for decider with Donegal looking to upset the odds by beating red-hot favourites Dublin. Enda Walsh is here with an in-depth look ahead. Jim McGuinness will have his Donegal side ready for this titanic battle with Dublin. Before throw in, he will motivate his players, gather them in a huddle, restate the …

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