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Elverys release promotional video ahead of Munster Final Tipperary’s main Sponsor, Elverys, have released a spine tingling video before the Munster Final. The video focuses on the people within the GAA in Tipperary. Taking the viewer through the streets of Thurles, the video features hurley makers, groundsmen and club players, before the clip moves its attention onto Tipperary teams of …

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Do Waterford Represent The Next Step in the Evolution of Hurling?

Waterford  take on Tipperary in this weekends Munster Hurling Championship Final The GAA has often been criticised for being too traditional, looking inward and refusing to evolve. That interpretation must be disregarded. The GAA has in the last number of years opened its doors to ‘foreign games’, welcomed a foreign Monarch and has signed many commercial deals with international companies. …

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Tomás Mulcahy Wants To Manage Cork

Has Tomás Mulcahy thrown his hat into the ring Tomás Mulcahy told RTÉ’s different class that he would like to manage Cork ‘some day’. The three time All Ireland winner has worked as a selector with the Cork under 21 team and previously managed his own club, Glen Rovers, before taking the reigns at Waterford’s Lismore. Mulcahy has been previously linked with …

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Galway Propose Open Draw For Hurling Championship

Galway’s proposal for an open draw is amongst a number submitted to Central Council Last month the GAA asked individual county boards to make proposals on reforming the format of the All Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships, as well as the structure of the National Hurling League. The Irish Independent today revealed that, amongst the proposals received by Central Council, is one from …

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Why Is Dublin’s Style Of Play Not Being Imitated At Club Level?

In a recent Irish Times article Jim McGuinness explained the subtle but definitive changes to the Dublin system, writing about how they have abandoned their man-to-man defensive principles. But for club coaches there was a very interesting line. “Most teams take their lead from the top teams – and Dublin are the most frequently imitated.” This writer has yet to see any …

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Galway and Armagh And The Plight Of Perennial Underachievers

Paul McGrane gathers the ball about 30 yards from his own goal on the Canal End side of Croke Park. His attempted clearance is smothered by Michael Donnellan and Paul Clancy collects the ensuing loose ball. With a swing of his right leg, Clancy strokes the ball over. The final whistle is sounded upon Benny Tierney’s kickout and Galway have …

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Galway & Armagh: Two Of Gaelic Football’s Fallen Giants

Three All-Irelands in five years. Five All-Ireland final appearances. A glut of All Stars. Numerous stone cold legends of the game. The biggest folk hero in recent memory. Numerous provincial titles. This is the legacy of Armagh and Galway since the turn of the millennium. Two of the dominant teams of the period, both were well-liked by many neutrals. Both were …

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Championship revamp: Like The McGuinness Idea….But Better

With change now inevitably on the way, it’s time to tackle this old issue one more time. As we all know, the last three championships have witnessed an increase in appetite for a revamp of football’s premier competition. The main issues plaguing the organisation are as follows: Championship does not ‘really’ get underway until August: The formative stages of this …

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A Meath Man Tries His Hardest To Like Dublin

Dublin. The Dubs. The Jacks. The Hill. The colour sky blue. These are all things that make the blood boil in all right thinking Meath men. As a right thinking Meath man, nothing signifies summer more than a tilt at Dublin.  Aside from Meath winning, nothing makes me happier than Dublin getting a good trashing out of the blue. The …

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Should Kerry Drop Kieran Donaghy?

Are Kerry better off starting Kieran Donaghy from the bench against Cork? Last Sunday’s Munster Final can be divided into three phases. The first encompassed the period until Paul Kerrigan was given a black card on the twenty second minute, the second, from that point until half time, and the third lasted the entire second half. Cork dominated two of those …

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Last Minute Scores Capture The Very Essence of The GAA Summer

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There may have been no victors on the pitch last Sunday at 3.30 pm in Fitzgerald Stadium, but off it patrons and officials were celebrating. The stadiums namesake, Fionn, slotted over a last ditch point to send the 126th Munster Final to a replay. While both sets of player would have preferred the win, the viewing public, GAA officials and …

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Race To Reach Last 8 Hotting Up As Provincial Final Season Begins

With the provincial finals getting under way last Sunday, the thriller between Cork and Kerry signalled the beginning of the quest to claim a coveted place in the last 8. But are we any closer to finding out who will occupy the craved position of playing Championship football beyond July? The Football Championship is slowly creeping towards its most crucial …

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The Knives Are Out: A Summer Of Discontent For O’Dowd & Harte

It’s never nice to think about a manager being sacked. No one likes to hear knives being sharpened on the whetstone. Inter-county managers, for all we malign them, take a job with a massive amount of risk vs reward. When we praise the commitment of players, we often forget that the manager is there with them step for step, giving everything …

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Provincial Championship Still Matter…Even To Kerry

That rarest of things. A delighted reaction to a football championship match. Stranger still, a game that managed to relegate the hurling clash that followed to the shade. The  necessary components were all there. Atmosphere, meaning, skill, controversy, reaction. It may not go down as a bona fide classic, but it was certainly a very fine game. For twenty years, Killarney has not seen a …

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Can Galway Please Help Joe Canning?

There was a strange vein of thought just about visible Sunday night in the aftermath of Galway’s loss to Kilkenny in the Leinster final. As we all know, Joe Canning scored a stunner of a goal in the first half and ended up with 1-9 out of Galway’s total of 2-15. Murmurs of discontent where visible. “Canning could have done …

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