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Goalkeepers – We’re Not Crazy You Know!

Tom O’Connor defends the goalkeeping  profession, arguing that the skill and hard work exhibited by netminders is often is overlooked by fans and commentators alike. “That O’ Connor fella’s half mad” was the first positive comment I remember hearing about my fledgling goalkeeping career. It was uttered by one local to another after hearing my 11 year old  high pitched …

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All-Ireland Football Final Preview #2 – Key Men For Kerry

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The second part of our All-Ireland Football final preview looks at the players who could win the game for Kerry. Here are five of their most important players. _____ 1. James O’Donoghue The obvious key man for Kerry is their marquee forward and match winner; James O’Donoghue. He showed a lot of potential in 2012, a vast improvement in 2013 …

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All-Ireland Final: Donegal Vs Kerry – 3 Talking Points

As the All-Ireland Senior Football final between Donegal and Kerry draws ever closer, Ashling Dalton discusses three of the main talking points in the lead up to Sunday’s final.  So this week it’s all about the All-Ireland Football final between kingpins Kerry and Ulster champions Donegal. Both teams have definitely earned their place in the final, having beat Mayo and Dublin respectively; the teams everyone …

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All-Ireland Camogie Final Preview: Cork v Kilkenny

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Cork and Kilkenny will play in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final this Sunday in Croke Park with the winner going away with the O’Duffy Cup. Last year Kilkenny reached the final stage of the competition where they met Galway and were runners up on the day. This year they return after beating Galway in the semi-final stages 4-12 …

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Throwback Thursday: Wexford & Clare Play Out Titanic Draw

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In the buildup to this weekend’s U-21 All Ireland Hurling Final, we look back at Clare and Wexford’s first clash at senior level int his year’s championship. Clare vs Wexford face off in the Under-21 All Ireland final this weekend, and many of the players on show will have contested that thrilling two part special at senior level this summer. …

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How Good Was The 2014 All-Ireland Hurling Final?

Incredible, unbelievable, sensational, epic; the list of adjectives used to describe what Kilkenny and Tipperary served up in the drawn All-Ireland final is endless. Now that the dust has settled, let’s reflect on just how good a game it was. 3-22 to 1-28; twenty five scores to twenty nine making it a total of fifty-four scores. Of these fifty-four scores, …

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Three Things That Will Determine The Outcome Of The All Ireland

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Ashling Dalton discusses three things that could dictate the outcome of the All Ireland Final replay between Kilkenny and Tipperary. We wait 53 years for a draw and three come along at once! Out of the the three drawn games of 2012, 2013, 2014, the last one undoubtedly takes the number one spot for entertainment value. It had absolutely everything. Sublime …

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GAA – County Form Cannot Mask Troubling Issues At Club Level

The Senior Club Championships in Donegal and Kerry face serious scrutiny regardless of this year’s success, writes Shane Kenny. There certainly isn’t a Kerry nor Donegal man alive today, outside of their respective camps, that could have envisaged being seventy minutes away from landing Sam Maguire at the start of the Football Championship. Both sides have doggedly and deservedly weaved …

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All Ireland Final – A Game For The Ages

Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland hurling final was an epic clash, perhaps even topping the exhilarating encounter that took place in 2009 between these two teams. Below Donal O’Doherty discusses. The general consensus prior to Sunday’s All Ireland hurling final was that it would be an excellent game, razor close and filled with excellent scores. What it wouldn’t be however was an …

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Top Five Hurlers From The All Ireland Final

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The greatest game of hurling ever witnessed took place in Croke Park on Sunday between Kilkenny and Tipperary. The two teams could not be separated and will go to battle at HQ all over again. Here are the top performers form the All Ireland Final. 5. Cathal Barrett – Tipperary The youngest man on the field put in arguably, the best performance of the …

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Kilkenny In Numbers – One To Ten of The Cats’ Dominance

Fergal Cantwell discusses the dominance of Kilkenny hurling as they gear up for Sunday’s massive All Ireland Final with Tipperary in Croke Park. It is fair to say that Kilkenny have dominated the game of hurling since Brian Cody took over the reins back in 1999. His first year in charge ended with a heartbreaking defeat to Cork by the smallest of …

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All Ireland Final: Kilkenny v Tipperary – Three Key Battles

There’s just two days to go until the biggest hurling game of the year; Tipperary vs Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final. Brian Barry looks at three key battles that could determine the outcome of Sunday’s game. 1. JJ Delaney v Séamus Callanan Callanan has arguably been the player of the championship thus far, as is testified by his 2-04 …

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Then There Were Two: Kilkenny v Tipperary

Ger Loughnane once said that “some people say hurling isn’t very important in the scheme of things, but to hurling people hurling is the scheme of things.” It’s that very ‘scheme of things’ that comes to a head in Sunday’s All Ireland Final. It’s the Sunday in September every hurler wants to play in and every manager wants to be …

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TBT: All Ireland Final 2009 – Kilkenny Vs Tipperary

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The All Ireland Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary takes place this weekend so there’s no time like the present to remember a titanic tussle between the sides. There have been many memorable clashes between Kilkenny and Tipperary over the years, but in terms of sheer entertainment, 2009 stands out by a country mile. The clash had everything; a sending off, …

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