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GAA Introduce Hawk Eye 2.0 To Scare Off Croke Park Pigeons

A few extra spectators packed in to Croke Park last weekend and the GAA have taken an unusual step to prevent this from happening again this weekend. On Saturday evening, during the two All-Ireland football quarter-finals, pigeons were present on the pitch for the majority of the game. Again on Sunday for the hurling, they re-appeared, only moving when it was …

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Is Gaelic Football The Most Self-Critical Sport In The World?

With evey championship season comes controversy and with that controversy comes criticism. Do we criticise too much? Are we too critical of our own games? In Aaron Kernan’s weekly column on GAA.ie, Kernan said that ”Gaelic football can be particularly hard on itself.” ”Gaelic football can be particularly hard on itself, particularly in terms of the way we discuss the …

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Noel McGrath Is Set To Return For Tipperary After Battling Cancer

Tipperary’s Noel McGrath is poised to return to action following being diagnosed with cancer Last April news broke that Tipperary’s Noel McGrath would undergo surgery for testicular cancer. Consequently few would have thought that the forward would see any action this summer. However McGrath has made a rapid recovery, returning to action with his club, Loughmore-Castleiney, and is set to make an …

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Should Football Take Note Of The GAA’s Actions For Diving?

Should football follow in the GAA’s footsteps after Tiernan McCann’s lengthy ban for diving was announced? Pundit Arena investigate. Diving has been a plague, particularly in English football for longer than any of us can remember. David Bentley’s failed attempts to win free kicks amused us, Ashley Young’s spectacular collapses infuriated many, whilst Gareth Bale was the boy who cried …

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If The Gaelic Football All-Stars Had To Be Picked Now

With four teams and three games left in this year’s championship, we pick a team of fifteen players that have stood out in the Gaelic Football world of 2015. 1. Rory Beggan (Monaghan) Rory Beggan has been the most consistent goalkeeper in this year’s championship. The Scotstown club man didn’t concede a goal all year which is a credit to …

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Conor McManus Argues For Introduction Of TMO

Following last weekend’s controversy, Conor McManus has argued for the introduction of a television match official The unfortunate Conor McManus returned to Croke Park yesterday to collect his GAA-GPA Player of the Month Award. Although Monaghan’s defeat to Tyrone was still fresh in the mind of McManus, he did return to the scene of Sunday’s bitter clash with a suggestion …

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The Good Wall: How It Should Read

One of the most controversial rankings in Irish sport easily beating 50th in the world in Soccer or 2nd in Rugby Union is the ranking of Ireland’s greatest sporting heroes maintained by TV and Podcast show Second Captains. Never could they have envisioned it would become such a hot topic of debate. So with great trepidation, below from 10th to …

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The Winners of The GAA-GPA Player of The Month Award Have Been Announced

The winners of the GAA-GPA Player of The Month Award for July have been announced After an action packed July, the winners of the GAA-GPA Player of The Month Award have been revealed. Nominated for the football award were Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea, Monaghan’s Conor McManus and Paul Cribbin of Kildare. The number of goals O’Shea scored against Sligo and Donegal saw him nominated, …

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Gaelic Football 2015: Remembering What We’d Rather Forget

We, the GAA community as a whole, have quite short memories. As the competitions edge towards a fantastical autumnal climax each September, the goings on of earlier in the season are often forgotten – and sometimes we’d like it to stay that way. However, 2015 has been controversial and some things must be learned from.  A Drugs Ban Monaghan fringe …

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Tiernan McCann ‘Slapped’ With Eight-Week Ban For THAT Dive

Tyrone’s Tiernan McCann will be handed an eight-week ban for his simulation during last weekend’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final, which ultimately led to the dismissal of Monaghan’s Darren Hughes. Hughes appeared to tousle McCann’s hair, and the forward dropped to the floor theatrically as though he had been struck in the head. As per Colm Keys of the Irish Independent, the GAA’s …

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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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