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Monaghan Not Hoping For Another False Dawn

Monaghan, it could be argued, were once included in that clichéd GAA grouping of the “so-called weaker counties” as the nineties turned into the noughties and the new millennium dawned. 1988 was the last time the Anglo-Celt Cup spent it’s days in the Farney county, and as Ulster had dominated the All-Ireland roll of honour in the early 90’s, Monaghan …

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Cork vs Galway: The Three Key Battles Up Front

Cork and Galway boast two of the best forward lines in the country and here at Pundit Arena, we feel that the game on Sunday will be decided based on the performances of both side’s attacks. Cork and Galway face off this Sunday in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. A clash with Tipperary at Croke Park is the reward …

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#PressUpChamp: Diabetes Ireland Launch New Initiative In Association With The GAA

Diabetes Ireland, an official charity to the GAA have recently launched a new initiative named, the #PressUpChamp Challenge. Last night, Westmeath footballers launched the iniatitive at training as they prepared for their qualifier against Fermanagh. As a group, the Lake County men posted a combined total of 2,123 press-ups. Suitable recognition must go to John Heslin as he completed his press-ups in …

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GAA To Commemorate 1916 With Event At Croke Park

The GAA announced last week that they are set to commemorate the centenary of 1916 with an event at Croke Park on the same day as the National Football League finals of 2016. The celebratory event will take place on the same day as the Allianz Football League Division 1 and 2 finals on Sunday 24 April, 2016. The date, the …

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The Westmeath Jersey Scandal Is Shameful To Say The Least

The Westmeath County Board have been the topic of much controversy since minor hurling manager Johnny Greville broke the news via Twitter that the county had withdrawn from the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship due to the fact that they had no jerseys to play in. Greville originally broke the news yesterday, via the tweet below, that the Westmeath county board had withdrawn their minor …

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Can Dublin Be Punished For Being Marketable?

Yesterday on this very website, Ben Brosnan of Wexford gave an interview to our 16th Man podcast. During a wide-ranging interview, that is well worth checking out, Brosnan spoke about how Dublin’s outside funding is warping Leinster. “Dublin are always going to get that sort of thing. Playing for Dublin, you’re nearly professional. For all of them, their jobs are …

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VIDEO: The 2008 Joe Show Remembered

As Cork and Galway prepare to do battle this Sunday, we take a trip down memory lane to Thurles in 2008, where a 19-year-old Joe Canning delivered one of the best individual displays seen on a hurling field. 2008 was Joe Canning’s first year in a Galway jersey and in spite of the fact that they made an early championship …

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The Provincial Football Championship Roundtable

We asked our top GAA writers here at Pundit Arena to have a look at the Football Championship so far this year. Here’s what they think….. Biggest winner of the year so far? (Exceeded expectations) Danny Ryan: Monaghan – The only team to knock off one of this year’s supposed Big Four, Monaghan proved that they deserve to dine at the …

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Are Kerry Better Without Kieran Donaghy?

Last Saturday the Kieran Donaghy was replaced by Colm Cooper after 44 minutes Kerry Manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, decided to make a number of changes before last Saturday’s Munster Final Replay. In the drawn game, Kerry were dominated physically by Cork, as the Kingdom struggled to deal with Cork’s running game. In order to negate this aspect of Cork’s strategy, Fitzmaurice adopted a …

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We Spoke To Ben Brosnan On Dublin’s Unfair Advantage

Wexford Footballer Ben Brosnan has hit out at the difference in financing that Dublin are given in comparison to the other Leinster teams. In an interview with Pundit Arena’s The 16th Man, Brosnan referred to Dublin’s sponsorship deals which garners them over €1 million a year, while last year Wexford got €46,000 from sponsors. When you add on the significantly superior …

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Great Kerry Team? Maybe Not. All-Ireland Contenders? Absolutely.

If episode one of this year’s Munster Final could be sourced as the motion against Kerry’s hopes of All-Ireland glory in 2015, Saturday evening’s renewal might just have been the counterargument. With the exception of Kieran Donaghy and Johnny Buckley, none of the Kingdom’s starting fifteen would have been disappointed with their own individual performance. If the Kerry defence was …

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Can The Sunday Game Be Saved?

Time and time again this summer The Sunday Game has caused more controversy than the games they’re showing. If it’s not Fermanagh player Tomas Corrigan bemoaning his county’s coverage, its people being more interested in the sartorial decisions of the panellists than what they are saying. How can these shows be taken seriously? Can they be really saved? Here’s a …

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Emphasis On Defence Means Championship 2015 A Let Down So Far

Let’s face it, this year’s hurling championship has been a poor one so far. After superb 2013 and 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, the 2015 championship hasn’t reached the same highs at all, even if we are still only at the quarter-final stage. There is still time for this season to become one to remember, as in 2014, it was …

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PIC: TG4’s New Attention-Grabbing Ladies Football Ad?

TG4, sponsors and broadcasters of Ladies Gaelic Football have released a controversial new advertisement  ahead of this year’s commencement of All-Ireland coverage on the channel. The ad, see below, has divided the opinion of many. “The most important nine months of a woman’s life” is the caption on the new advertisement and sees a  ladies footballer pictured cradling a gaelic …

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Analysis: Positives For All Six Teams Remaining In The Hurling Championship

Only six counties still have a chance of claiming the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2015. Here at Pundit Arena HQ, we review each team’s chances and look at the positives associated with all counties. After both sides won their respective provincial championships, it’s hard to see past another Tipperary and Kilkenny September showdown. However, each county left in this year’s championship has …

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Can This Mayo Team Win The All-Ireland?

They’re really going to love a Meath man writing about Mayo winning All-Irelands. Mayo were devastating yesterday. Once again they’re one of the favourites for the All-Ireland. Once again you’d have to wonder if Mayo will ever win an All-Ireland. All the pieces are in place. Mayo have all the talent needed. As much as any county, if not more so, …

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