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5 Contenders for Footballer of the Year

With just two teams left in this year’s All-Ireland Championship, the Footballer of the Year picture is becoming clearer. As Kerry and Dublin prepare for yet another showdown, it is perhaps unsurprising to see that this list is dominated by players from the age old rivals. Others of course have staked their claims. Aidan O’Shea was a beast up until …

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Winners Of The GAA-GPA Hurler And Footballer Of The Month Award Announced

The winners GAA-GPA Hurler and Footballer of The Month Award for August have been unveiled. Despite suffering agonising defeats for Mayo and Tipperary in their respective All Ireland Semi Finals, both Lee Keegan and Seamus Callanan have been named as August’s Footballer and Hurler of the month. Lee Keegan scored 1-02 in a man of the match display for Mayo against …

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Winners & Losers From The 2015 Football Championship

As the 2015 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship draws to a close this Sunday week, we reflect back on the aspects of the championship that have made both a positive and negative impacts. ______ Winners Fermanagh Nobody can deny that Pete McGrath has done a phenomenal job with this outfit in 2015. At the beginning of the calendar year, many would …

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Tweet: Hurling Is Religion To The People Of Kilkenny, Literally

Only in Kilkenny. Many of you will have heard it said that, to Kilkenny people, hurling is religion. The chances are, you wrote the comment off as a cliche, or a piece of hyperbole. To anyone who happened to drive past the scene pictured below, however, this phrase has taken on a far more literal meaning. The now traditional collection …

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Can Anyone Challenge Kilkenny’s Dominance?

Kilkenny won their 11th All Ireland Title under Brian Cody last Sunday. One team has dominated hurling throughout the early years of the 21st century. Under Brian Cody Kilkenny have won 11 All Irelands, 14 Leinster Championships, 8 National Leagues and 6 Walsh Cups. The period of dominance the Cats have enjoyed under Cody is simply unprecedented. Cody’s ability to …

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Gaelic Football, Game Theory & Missed Opportunities

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One of the most curious aspects of the modern game of Gaelic Football is the free-taking goalkeeper. Hardly a game goes by nowadays where a cannon-legged custodian doesn’t amble up field from his solitary post to attempt to land a long-range free. The most recognisable among the free-taking goalkeeper is Stephen Cluxton, who has attained cult status among fans and …

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Play It Again, Sam

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The Football Championship pre-dates the film Casablanca by many decades, and it is every bit as much of a classic. That’s the main reason why The GAA is so resistant to changing it. However, the number of lopsided scores in recent inter-county games suggests that some sort of adjustment is needed. So what, if anything, would make the race for …

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Audio: Kilkenny – Champions Again, Galway’s Success At Minor Level & Analysing The Analysts

Episode 13 of our dedicated GAA podcast, The 16th Man, is here! This week the lads discuss Kilkenny’s 36th All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship victory, Galway’s minor success and how it appears to be having little effect on senior accolades thus far as well as reviewing the media coverage of this summer’s championship. This week’s guests include John Fogarty of the …

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Nominees For the GAA -GPA Footballer and Hurler Of The Month Announced

The nominations for the GAA-GPA Footballer and Hurler of the month award for August have been announced. The six nominees for the GAA – GPA Hurler and Footballer of The Month Awards for August have been unveiled. Up for the hurling award are Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan, Galway’s David Burke and Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. Although TJ Reid was brilliant against Galway in the …

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Outstanding Character Shown By Grief Stricken All Ireland Referee

The character shown by referee Paud O’Dwyer during Sunday’s Minor All Ireland Final was nothing short of heroic. Sadly, O’Dwyer’s mother passed away on Saturday, just 24 hours before the minor hurling finale at GAA HQ. However, O’Dwyer refused to step down and put his grief to one side to officiate the final between Galway and Tipperary. He put on …

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Photo: Richie Power And His Son Puck At Hurling Heart Strings

Kilkenny hurlers always look so at home in Croker, and they are only going to get more comfortable. Shortly after the “Cats” put the finishing touches to Galway to claim their 36th All-Ireland hurling title, fans in attendance at Croke Park were treated to a truly touching sight, as Richie Power and his son, Rory, took to the sacred sod …

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Kilkenny Star Larkin’s All-Ireland Win Pales Into Insignificance Compared To Next Personal Challenge

Eoin Larkin will today still be celebrating victory with his beloved county Kilkenny in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final win over Galway. However, the next personal task the forward must encounter goes far beyond the importance of an All-Ireland final.  While most inter-county players will have the usual stresses of work in Ireland to deal with, which is by no means easy after …

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5 Quick Conclusions From The All Ireland Hurling Final

Kilkenny defeated Galway 1-22 to 1-18 in the All Ireland Hurling Final. Kilkenny’s superb second half performance saw them claim yet another All Ireland title. Galway dominated the first half and led 0-14 to 1-8 at the break. However Kilkenny brought physicality to their second half display, only allowing the Tribesmen score 1-4 in the second half. Galway’s First Half …

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Video: Some Of Ireland’s Greatest Hurlers Explain What’s Needed To Take On Kilkenny

With the All-Ireland final between Kilkenny and Galway up for decision today, here’s a selection of Ireland’s greatest hurlers explaining just what is needed to take on Kilkenny on All-Ireland final day.  The promo video, produced by RTÉ, asks hurling legends John Mullane, Eoin Kelly, Damien Hayes, Seánie McMahon, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Oliie Moran to explain what it’s like …

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The Enigma That Is Galway

Galway take on Kilkenny today in a repeat of the 2012 All Ireland Final. Many of us have a soft spot Galway. Our fondness has been perpetuated by our image of the city in particular. The massive student population keeps the city buzzing throughout the winter months. It maintains a vibrant atmosphere through the summer with an almost endless stream of festivals. While …

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