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Tyrone: Nobody Likes Them, & They Should Care

‘I have to say on behalf of Tiernan McCann… if he had the chance again he would have responded differently to what happened to him and we all accept that’.  At that point, Mickey Harte should have stopped talking. He didn’t. ‘I just want to say that he wasn’t entirely to blame for all of this. If the player who …

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What’s The Solution To Simulation In The GAA?

Diving and simulation have become an unwelcome addition to gaelic football over the past season or two but Saturday’s incident took it to a new low and the GAA must now find a solution to the problem. Tiernan McCann’s actions were shameful but he is a young player who made a mistake. However, McCann has not been the only one …

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Is Anyone Going Stop Relentless Kilkenny?

After yesterday’s hugely impressive win, Kilkenny march on to another All-Ireland final and the question remains, can anyone stop them? Yes, Kilkenny are obviously further down the line in terms of development compared to Waterford but their incredible work-rate and the insurmountable pressure demonstrated yesterday, means they are now firm favourites to win their seventh Liam McCarthy Cup in nine seasons. …

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Sunday Game Analysts Have The Craic On Twitter

Henry Shefflin today tweeted his thanks to a suit manufacturer for kitting him out for his appearance on yesterday’s Sunday Game. It was innocent enough, and King Henry was probably well looked after for it, and rightly so.   Great fun yesterday @TheSundayGame with @kenmcgrath78 &Dalo !!. Tks @paulskilkenny for the suit & tie. pic.twitter.com/87WEm1unap — Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) August …

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PICS: John 3:16 Signs Were On Tour This Weekend

There was a very noticeable absence in Croker this weekend, as Tyrone and Mayo advanced in the football, and Kilkenny had enough to get past Waterford in the hurling. Behind the goal at Hill 16, a common sight is the John 3:16 sign, and the sign features in the background of many the historic occasion at HQ. However, it was …

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Richie Hogan Goes Through A New Level Of The Pain Barrier To See Cats In To September Showdown

Richie Hogan Kilkenny

Richie Hogan starred for Kilkenny yesterday as his side overcame Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final. Afterwards, the Danesfort man revealed that he couldn’t walk last Friday. Hogan’s presence in the Kilkenny attack was pivotal to their success but it was only confirmed on Friday evening, after Hogan came through training, that last year’s Hurler Of The Year would be fit …

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Did Lee Keegan Score One of The Goals of The Championship or Was it a Fluke?

Lee Keegan scored Mayo’s second goal yesterday as the westerners easily dispatched Donegal Following Mayo’s 4-17 to 1-10 victory over Donegal in 2013, there was much talk of revenge emanating from the Tir Conaill camp during the week. However, for the second time in three years, Mayo condemned Donegal to another heavy defeat in Croke Park. Although the margin of victory was …

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Cats To Progress But The Déise Won’t Fade

When the ball is thrown in on Sunday afternoon the battle between skill and will shall commence. Kilkenny’s masters will look to see off a young, enthusiastic and hard-working Waterford side – who don’t lack for skill either. Waterford are looking for their first championship win at Croke Park since 2008. In the three seasons that followed their ’08 All-Ireland …

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Should the GAA take action against Tiernan McCann for Diving?

Darren Hughes was one of three players sent off during Tyrone’s victory over Monaghan Darren Hughes was today sent off after appearing to rub Tiernan McCann’s hair. Upon feeling Hughes touch his head, McCann appeared to throw himself to the ground. The Tyrone forward has drawn scorn from many quarters, with many on social media calling for McCann to be …

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GAA Will Earn €16 Million in Just Two Months

The GAA will earn €16 million between the August bank holiday weekend and All Ireland Football Final Between last weekends football qualifiers and the All Ireland Football Final on September 20, the GAA will have raked in a massive €16 million from the thirteen games held at Croke Park. Equating to nearly €1.25 million for each fixture at headquarters. Nevertheless …

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Referee at Centre of Controversy Cleared to Officiate All Ireland Semi Final

Referee Brian Gavin has been cleared to take charge of Sunday’s All Ireland Semi Final After twenty four hours of uncertainty, Brian Gavin will officiate this weekend’s clash between Kilkenny and Waterford. Gavin had been given a thirty day ban after for allegedly verbally abusing a match official, during an Offaly Junior Club Football Championship game, between his own club Clara and Kilconfert. Nevertheless, Gavin …

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Limerick GAA Coach Joins Arsenal

Limerick minor hurling team’s strength and conditioning coach, Cairbre Ó Caireallain, has joined Arsenal’s back room team Limerick minor hurling team’s strength and conditioning coach, Cairbre Ó Caireallain, has joined Arsenal’s coaching staff, taking up a position in the Gunners academy on an internship. Ó Caireallain holds a Masters in Sports Science from University of Limerick, and has previously worked with Adelaide Crows …

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We May Have Finally Solved How To Restucture The All Ireland Football Championship

Although we have witnessed some glimpses of magic in this year’s provincial championships, the football championship has largely remained boring and predictable. A lot of suggestions have been thrown around about how to ‘fix’ the championship, but we at Pundit Arena believe the following solution should be given strong consideration.  Firstly, let’s get some of the criticisms about restructuring the All Ireland …

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Joe Connolly’s Epic 1980 All-Ireland Victory Speech Remembered

Joe Connolly’s acceptance speech after Galway’s All-Ireland victory of 1980 will go down as one of the best GAA moments ever. With some video footage below, we remember the iconic speech. There have been many great All-Ireland winning speeches delivered down through the years, from Seán Óg Ó hAilpín’s iconic speech in 2005 to Brian Dooher’s emotional tribute to Cormac …

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Four Teams & Four Big Questions To Be Answered At Croke Park Tomorrow

The final two All-Ireland quarter-finals are set to be played this Saturday at Croke Park but question marks still hover over all the teams involved. Monaghan face Tyrone at 4pm in an all-Ulster clash while Donegal take on Connacht champions Mayo at 6pm. Question marks will always remain over teams and here at Pundit Arena, we have one big question for each team …

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A Derryman On Their Club vs County Debate

A Derryman gives his take on how his thinking has evolved on the club vs county debate he sees in Derry right now. The big debate in the Oak Leaf county this week surrounds fixtures.  The club championship was put on hold with the county senior team’s run in the qualifiers.  The Intermediate competition is well underway and over the …

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Great News (Except For Galway) As Noel McGrath ‘In The Mix’ For Tipp’s Semi-Final Clash

The GAA world was greeted with a positive story this morning as Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea revealed that star forward Noel McGrath is ‘in the mix’ to feature in Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final clash against Galway. McGrath underwent surgery in April to treat testicular cancer and has recovered without any set-backs to be in contention to feature for Eamon O’Shea’s side …

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