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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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GAA Refereeing Farce Continues as Brian Gavin Might Not Officiate All Ireland Semi Final

Brian Gavin might not referee Sunday’s All Ireland Semi Final Yesterday it emerged that inter county referee, Brian Gavin, was handed a 30 day ban for allegedly verbally abusing a match official, during an Offaly Junior Club Football Championship game between his own club Clara and Kilconfert. However, due to the fact that Gavin’s appeal against the suspension was to be heard next …

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Mayo vs Donegal – Time To Hit the Beaches

If Clive Woodward was a GAA coach he would love this. Straight knock out. Winner takes all. We all love it. It is especially true when the elite sides meet. Mayo and Donegal are well versed in the routine of Croke Park and big games. Both sides would have planned to be peaking for this weekend. The way folk talked about …

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The Five Main Contenders For Hurler Of The Year

We have reached the semi-final stage in this year’s All-Ireland championship and we here at Pundit Arena HQ, have decided to list the five main contenders for Hurler Of The Year. Yesterday saw the football candidates listed and now it’s time for the hurlers. The semi-finals and finals are where the men stand out from the boys, so all is …

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Top Inter-County Referee Given One-Month Ban

The referee for this weekends All Ireland Semi Final has been given a one month ban The man who is set to officiate this weekend’s All Ireland Semi Final between Kilkenny and Waterford, Brian Gavin, has been handed a 30 day ban. The Midland Tribune has reported that Gavin made comments directed at a referee during a match between his own club Clara and …

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Is A Squad Number Policy The Way Forward In The GAA?

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Derek McGrath’s Waterford side have been operating a squad number policy for this summer’s championship and it has raised the question, is it the way forward for the GAA? Some might say yes and some might say no. We take a look at both the positives and negatives associated with the modern-age policy. One of the main positives about a squad …

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The Top Five Kilkenny V Waterford Encounters

This Sunday Kilkenny and Waterford will once more join battle in the All Ireland Semi Final The rivalry between Kilkenny and Waterford is a peculiar one. Although the counties share a border, they exist in different provinces. Therefore fate must intervene in order to allow the Desie and the Cats clash in the Championship. Although both counties had to wait until 1957 …

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Mickey Harte Is Building Tyrone 2.0

It’s August in Croke Park, and once again Mickey Harte is back with a Tyrone team ready for a Quarter-Final tilt after a successful Qualifier run. The success of Tyrone though the back door (29 games played in the Qualifiers, 24 victories) is one of the true dependables of the last fifteen years. This team is different to its predecessors. …

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Fearlessness Crucial As Waterford Line Up Cats Assault

A sense of fearlessness comes with Waterford’s underage success and that may just prove crucial when they face the might of Kilkenny on Sunday. Inspired by the awesome duo of Richie Hogan and TJ Reid, Kilkenny have reached an All-Ireland semi-final, via winning the Leinster title for a 70th time. Standing in their way, are an in-experienced Waterford side who …

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