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GAA World Games – History in the Making

The GAA recently launched its first ever GAA World Games that are due to take place in Abu Dhabi on the 5th, 6th and 7th of March with teams from all over the world competing. For so long Gaelic Games was exclusive to the island of Ireland with small exports travelling to North America, Australia, Great Britain and others but now …

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Hurling: 5 Big Moments from League’s Opening Weekend

The National Hurling League is back. Chris Prendergast recaps the five biggest moments from week one.   This weekend saw the Allianz Hurling League return with a bang. Roinn 1 saw action between Cork v Kilkenny, Dublin v Tipp, and Galway v Clare. Roinn 2 opened its campaign with Laois v Offaly, Limerick v Waterford, and Wexford v Antrim For …

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Would A Draft System Work In The GAA?

With a draft system being implemented across the majority of America’s major sports, Brian Barry discusses whether or not such a system would work in the GAA.  Carlow for Sam 2022? Read this and it might not seem so far-fetched! First things first. This is a hypothetical analysis, not necessarily advocating for such a system, rather merely pondering its plausibility. Now …

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Players to Watch in Division 1A 2015 National Hurling League

The National Hurling League returns and all eyes will turn to the Heavyweights in Division 1A. Here’s each county’s man to watch   Aidan Walsh – Cork The Cork man is playing hurling only for 2015 and could be ready to make a big impact on the hurling scene. A lot of people will only remember his last game of …

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National Hurling League: Week 1 Preview

Week 1 of the National Hurling League is upon us. Brian Barry gives his verdict on who will come out on top.    Division 1A Cork v Kilkenny Cork’s Waterford Crystal Cup campaign bore considerable fruit, in light of the successful experimentation by Jimmy Barry-Murphy. They unearthed some new talent, and the Darren McCarthy’s switch outfield has increased JBM’s options. …

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Is The Double A Reality For Cork GAA?

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The start of the 2015 season has brought an end to the dual debate down south. However, is achieving both All-Irelands a reality for the Rebel County in the near future? While the glorious year of 1990 for Cork GAA will not fade in the minds of the rebel faithful for a long time, there is a growing sense that it may …

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Kilkenny In Transition: When Have We Heard That Before?

Mind games, mind games, mind games. They have become synonymous in management as the profile of managers and the media has grown in sport worldwide and now Brian Cody is getting ready to play a few more with the hurling fraternity. Sean Cremin discusses. The brave people, or some say ill-informed people, wrote Kilkenny off following their poor 2013 championship. …

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Five Questions Ahead Of The 2015 National Hurling League

After two weeks of football it is now time for the ball to be thrown in for the National Hurling League this weekend. Sean Cremin is here to look ahead to the start of the competitive hurling season. 5. Can Limerick get out of Division 1B? They have been trying hard since 2011 but circumstances and lack of results means Limerick …

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GAA: Stop Punishing Those Who Love The Game?!

Chris Prendergast argues the GAA’s disciplinary system is inconsistent, unnecessarily harsh and altogether broken.   The purpose of imposing a ban on a player in any sport is two-fold. First and foremost the player must be punished for whatever his infringement. Secondly, and equally important, any punishment must act as a deterrent to other players. Simple right? The introduction of the …

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USA Collegiate Hurling: Primed to Explode

Forget the Fitzgibbon Cup, there is a new collegiate GAA hurling tournament in town. Brian barry discusses the impending explosion of US hurling at college level. This May in Montana, USA, University teams from all corners of the United States will compete in a 27,000 all-seater stadium to be crowned national champions. This will be a revolutionary step for the …

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3 Players To Look Out For In 2015’s National Hurling League

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With the National Hurling League starting next weekend, managers will be in full experimental mode, looking for new talent to give them that extra edge. The past couple of seasons has seen hurling’s young guns step forth into the limelight, and this year should be no different. Look out for these three players, who are sure to leave a mark on the …

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GAA News: IT Sligo & Queens Removed From Sigerson Cup

Controversy has struck this year’s Sigerson Cup after IT Sligo and Queens University have been expelled from this year’s competition. RTÉ report that Both IT Sligo and Queens University have been found to have fielded ineligible players in their opening round match, in which IT Sligo beat the Belfast college on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-08. The controversy arose after …

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Five Talking Points from the Opening Weekend of the National Football League

The 2015 National Football League kicked off this weekend without much of a fuss. There were no major incidents to grab the headlines but here are five talking points from the opening weekend of GAA action for 2015. ___________________________________________________________________________ Mayo For Sam 2015? We start off on a bit of sarcastic note as the annual ‘Mayo For Sam’ campaign gathered …

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9 Sports Stars Who Look A lot Older Than They Actually Are

  Diego Costa – 26 Chelsea Footballer Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland, Flickr.   Arjen Robben – 31 Bayern Munich Footballer Photo Credit: Global Panorama, Flickr.   Michael Van Gerwen – 25 Darts Player   Dean Winstanley – 33 (Dubbed ‘The World’s Oldest 33 year-old’.) Darts Player   Joseph Minala – 18 Lazio Footballer   Francois Pienaar – 28 in 1995 …

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The GAA’s Pre-Season Problems

Pre-season is a crucial period in any teams preparations for the upcomimg season, and in any sport. With the level of professionalism within the GAA on the rise however, the level of training is increasing dramatically and many managers aren’t keen on their teams playing in pre-season competitions.  The effects of the hard slog of pre-season training is clear to be seen …

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Why Hurling Needs A Separate Refereeing Committee

Since the hurling 20/20 report has been published, there has been quite a bit of debate concerning the whole area of refereeing. In particular, the current setup of a joint committee of football and hurling under the leadership of Pat McEnaney. The report made a proposal that there should be a separate referees committee for hurling, which would be a …

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Five Returning Players To Watch Ahead of The National Football League

Our preview of the National Football League continues with a look at five players that could make a difference as GAA returns to the TV screens. Most of these players are returning to their sides for different reasons after a period away. *Younger players often fail to see significant league action as they tend to be involved with under-21 or third-level sides and …

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TBT: THAT Seamus Quinn Point For Leitrim In 2000

As inter­-county teams gear up for the first round of the National Football league this weekend, we look back on one of the finer moments from the Connacht Senior Football Championship. This week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ looks at the winning point from Leitrim All ­Star Seamus Quinn in the Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter-­final between Leitrim and Roscommon in 2000. In the same year, Quinn …

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