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Forgotten Friday – Andrew O’Shaughnessy

This week’s Forgotten Friday looks at a hurler who looked destined to take the game by storm, but things did not work out this way for unfortunate reasons. This week’s forgotten man is former Limerick hurler Andrew O’Shaughnessy. O’Shaughnessy was a corner-forward who was one of the country’s brightest talents in the early 2000’s. In fact, he made his full …

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GAA Talking Points – 29th of August

It has been a quiet week on the hurling front as football has taken centre stage on the GAA circuit. Here are some of the week’s main talking points. Armagh Appoint Kieran McGeeney The departure of Paul Grimley came as a bit of a surprise following Armagh’s relatively successful season. Armagh footballers had been struggling for a while. Having won …

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GAA – Greedy As Always

The GAA is seen by many as the cornerstone of Ireland’s national culture. Some say that it epitomises what is great about this country as it showcases our most unique product. But is this true? Or are the GAA starting to lose its grip on what makes it so great? This is not the first time this year that this writer …

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Throwback Thursday Video: Dublin vs Donegal 1992

While the other semi-final has still yet to be decided, Dublin and Donegal are set to do battle this Sunday. So let us go back to 1992 to when the same two sides met in the All Ireland Final. It was the first time theses two sides met in a decider and was historical from a Donegal perspective  as it …

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All Ireland Football Semi-Final Preview – Dublin V Donegal

The second All Ireland Football Semi-Final is down for decider with Donegal looking to upset the odds by beating red-hot favourites Dublin. Enda Walsh is here with an in-depth look ahead. Jim McGuinness will have his Donegal side ready for this titanic battle with Dublin. Before throw in, he will motivate his players, gather them in a huddle, restate the …

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Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds Is Perfect For Mayo v Kerry

There has been much criticism of the GAA’s decision to hold the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. Brian Barry argues that in truth, it was the obvious choice. It was impossible for the replay to be held in Croke Park next week due to the clash of University of Central Florida and Penn State. The manner in which …

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3 Things The GAA Must Consider When Planning The Championship Calendar

The decision to stage the All Ireland Semi Final replay between Kerry and Mayo in the Gaelic Grounds has led to huge debate in GAA circles. Ashling Dalton discusses three things those in charge must consider before releasing next year’s championship calendar. In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s draw between Kerry and Mayo, eyebrows were raised at the decision to move …

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Top 3 Players From The Weekend’s Football Championship

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In what was an enthralling weekend of football action, John Ivory takes a look at the top three players from the weekend’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. _____ 3. Aidan O’Shea – Mayo The Breaffy powerhouse showed once again why he is viewed as one of the best in the business. He got on the ball a huge amount of times and …

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Day of Destiny: Potential Aftermath Of All Ireland Hurling Final

Mick Grace looks ahead to this year’s All Ireland Hurling Final and the implications for both Kilkenny and Tipperary should they win or lose. Kilkenny and Tipperary, the great old foes, will once again face off in what is likely to be a titanic battle in Croker on the first Sunday in September. The chance to win an All Ireland should …

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Hurling All-Star Contenders – 2014

As the hurling season is drawing to a close and the All-Ireland final pairings have been decided, talk of all-star awards will undoubtedly commence. There is no point in trying to predict the team now, as a lot will boil down to who performs well or who wins the final. But here is who is in contention at the moment. …

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PA Report Cards: All Ireland Hurling Championship (Part 1)

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John Ivory is here to dish out the first of our PA Report Cards, grading each team’s performances during this year’s All Ireland Hurling Championship. First under the microscope are Cork, Limerick and Clare. Cork It will be tough for Cork’s faithful to get the sour taste of last Sunday’s semi-final defeat to Tipperary out of their mouths, but once …

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Ash Hurley Making Part 2: Traditional or Synthetic – Is the Standard Bearer Losing its Lustre?

In a continuation of Shane Kenny’s research into ash hurley making in Ireland, he highlights the differences arising between synthetic hurleys and traditional ash hurleys. CLICK HERE FOR ASH HURLEY MAKING: ANSWER TO A DOOMED EXISTENCE    A reliable source recently informed this writer that the supply of raw ash material in Ireland is set to disappear in the next ten …

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TBT: 1997 All Ireland Final – Kerry V Mayo

Kerry and Mayo are ready to kick off the 2014 All Ireland football semi-finals. So to whet the appetites, this week’s Throwback Thursday jumps back to the 1997 All Ireland final between these two sides.   Picking this particular moment was easy, Kerry were back looking for Sam Maguire after 11 years on the wings, a bit like the Kerry …

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Tipperary – The Premier Power On

Tipperary hurlers were written off and hugely criticised over the last eighteen months, and now they find themselves in an All-Ireland final. It has been a remarkable turnaround. Tipperary beating Cork may not have surprised everybody but the manner of the defeat was a real shock. Most people would have anticipated a shootout where a high scoring feast would have …

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In Hurling, Momentum Is Everything

Cork’s capitulation on Sunday at the hands of Tipperary had both management and pundits alike scratching their heads. Where did it all go wrong for the Rebels? The Premier are not ten points better than their southern rivals. Proven players at this level flopped for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side, with basic errors and inaccurate shooting letting down the team. So did …

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Three Things Cork Hurlers Need To Change For The Future

The Cork and Tipperary game was center stage last weekend, and while Tipperary were worthy winners, Cork were seriously disappointing.  Not only were they tactically naive, especially towards the Tipperary puck-outs, they attempted a short-passing game that they were not able to pull off. Taking all that into account, there are three key issues that Cork need to address if …

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