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Frank Murphy & John Delaney – Brothers In Arms?

The Football Association of Ireland recently endured a much publicised controversy, spearheaded by Chief Executive John Delaney. This was quickly been followed by the confirmation of the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, which was controversial to some GAA folk. This sparked a question at Pundit Arena. Could similarities be drawn between the chief executive of the FAI, John Delaney, and …

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Christmas Wish List For Intercounty Hurling Teams: Part 2

Here is the second edition of our two-part series on what intercounty hurling teams may have at the top of the Christmas lists ahead of the 2015 season. The margins are very tight between most sides in the Championship and here is what managers could be looking to add to their respective teams. We’ve already looked at what Kilkenny, Tipperary, Cork, …

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Gaelic Football: A Starting 15 That We Won’t See In 2015

The profile of intercounty retirements has been far higher in hurling that it has been in gaelic football so far this winter but nonetheless, a lot of class acts and great servants will not be seen on football fields around the country anymore. Here is a football XV to follow up on the recent hurling selection. __________________________________________________________________________________ 1. Brendan McVeigh …

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Christmas Wish List For Intercounty Hurling Teams: Part 1

As we close in on the 25th of December, a lot of teams will take a short break before embarking on the regular January slog. The 2014 season is very much a thing of the past and all eyes are now focused on 2015. Here Sean Cremin looks at what certain intercounty managers may have on their wish lists for Christmas. …

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GAA News: Sean Armstrong The Latest To Retire

In another of the GAA’s off-season retirements, Garbh Madigan takes a look back at the career of Sean Armstrong. For those of us who remember the great Galway minor and under-21 teams of the 2000s, today is a sad day. At the prime age of 29, Sean Armstrong has revealed to the Irish Independent that he has retired from inter-county …

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3 Problems The Galway Hurling Committee Need To Sort

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Ashling Dalton discusses the three main issues that have thrown Galway hurling into controversy in the past few weeks. In recent weeks the strength of Galway hurling has been thrown into disarray with disagreements over leadership of the hurling committee, shots being fired at the Leinster council for not including Galway underage teams in the Leinster championship, and holdups which have resulted in …

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Anthony Daly Moves To The Treaty

Anthony Daly has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy. Daly stepped down as Dublin’s senior hurling manager earlier this year after six years with the side. In his time there he steered the Metropolitans to their first National League and Leinster titles in over 50 years; giving a much needed boost to hurling in …

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Eoin Kelly: The Greatest Inside Forward Of The Last 20 Years

It is tribute time again on Pundit Arena as the list of retired intercounty hurlers continues to grow. We have covered Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney and now it’s the turn of Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly. Never has there been a year when so many high-profile players have hung up their boots and fitting tributes must be paid to some of …

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Hurling: A Starting 15 That We Won’t See in 2015

Retirements are part and parcel of the off-season of any sport but 2014 has been a big one for players finishing or postponing their intercounty hurling careers. Here is a starting line-up of players who will not take to the hurling fields in the 2015 championship, unless circumstances change themselves.   1. David Herity (Kilkenny) The Kilkenny net-minder has hung …

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JJ Delaney: The Understated Superhero

With JJ Delaney announcing his retirement last year, Ashling Dalton takes a look back at what made the Kilkenny man so good.  It seems the winter of 2014 was awash with retirements in the GAA world, in particular Kilkenny. Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, David Herity and Aidan Fogarty all walked away with a bucketful of All-Ireland medals between them. However, …

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PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings: No. 5-1

The PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings have finally reached the business end of the countdown. Who will come out on top and be crowned Ireland’s best footballer? CLICK HERE FOR PA GAELIC FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS 15-5   5. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo) If it wasn’t for Aidan O’Shea this year, Mayo could have been beaten by Cork and fulfilled their ‘bottlers’ tag once again …

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PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings: No. 15 – 5

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Sean Cremin is back with part two of our countdown of the Top 25 Footballers in Ireland. Here we countdown numbers 15-5. CLICK HERE FOR PA GAELIC FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS 25-15   15. Michael Daragh MacAuley (Dublin) MDMA still remains a very effective footballer. He is the prime example of a manufactured player, i.e an incredible athlete turned into a footballer. …

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PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings: No. 25 – 15

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Following the hurling selection a few weeks back, the GAA people at Pundit Arena decided to put together a selection of the top 25 footballers in Ireland.    The PA Hurling Power Rankings were heavily criticised on social media, not that it bothered us in any way. A team winning an All-Ireland can often be a collective effort as opposed to individual …

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GAA’s Proposed M50 Stadium Is A Disastrous Idea

Brian Barry discusses the GAA’s controversial plans to build a new stadium close to the M50 in order to better serve the province of Leinster. There were numerous calls from the GAA public for Dublin to play Leinster Championship games outside Croke Park. GAA President Liam O’Neill has since come out this week and suggested the construction of a 40,000 seater …

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3 Advantages Of Reforming The Football Championship

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“The whole Championship structure needs to change” Those were the words of Dublin football boss Jim Gavin who has called for a radical reform of the All-Ireland Football Championship. Gavin’s vision for the future of football involves scrapping the National League, a much earlier provincial championship, and a Champions League style All-Ireland series. If this plan was to be implemented, …

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Tommy Walsh: The Greatest Hurler Of His Era, If Not All Time

The end of any season in any sport can spark the retirements of many players. In 2014 a lot of big names in GAA have announced their decision to no longer persevere with their hurling and football careers. Here Sean Cremin looks back on one of those careers, that of Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh.   As mentioned in the introduction, a lot …

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3 Of Tommy Walsh’s Most Distinguished Traits

Last week saw the retirement of one of the most celebrated talents in GAA; the legendary Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny. There are few superlatives that are left to describe the Tullaroan terrier. It would be easy to write an elongated article about Walsh’s career, but it is best to leave that to the historians. Instead, let us focus on the important …

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