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PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings: No. 25 – 15

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Following the hurling selection a few weeks back, the GAA people at Pundit Arena decided to put together a selection of the top 25 footballers in Ireland.    The PA Hurling Power Rankings were heavily criticised on social media, not that it bothered us in any way. A team winning an All-Ireland can often be a collective effort as opposed to individual …

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GAA’s Proposed M50 Stadium Is A Disastrous Idea

Brian Barry discusses the GAA’s controversial plans to build a new stadium close to the M50 in order to better serve the province of Leinster. There were numerous calls from the GAA public for Dublin to play Leinster Championship games outside Croke Park. GAA President Liam O’Neill has since come out this week and suggested the construction of a 40,000 seater …

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3 Advantages Of Reforming The Football Championship

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“The whole Championship structure needs to change” Those were the words of Dublin football boss Jim Gavin who has called for a radical reform of the All-Ireland Football Championship. Gavin’s vision for the future of football involves scrapping the National League, a much earlier provincial championship, and a Champions League style All-Ireland series. If this plan was to be implemented, …

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Tommy Walsh: The Greatest Hurler Of His Era, If Not All Time

The end of any season in any sport can spark the retirements of many players. In 2014 a lot of big names in GAA have announced their decision to no longer persevere with their hurling and football careers. Here Sean Cremin looks back on one of those careers, that of Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh.   As mentioned in the introduction, a lot …

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3 Of Tommy Walsh’s Most Distinguished Traits

Last week saw the retirement of one of the most celebrated talents in GAA; the legendary Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny. There are few superlatives that are left to describe the Tullaroan terrier. It would be easy to write an elongated article about Walsh’s career, but it is best to leave that to the historians. Instead, let us focus on the important …

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Stars Lead Tributes To Kerry Legend Declan O’Sullivan

Kerry legend Declan O’Sullivan has retired from inter-county football, bringing an end to one of the most successful footballing careers in the modern era. The Kerry star won five All Irelands with the Kingdom and tasted All Ireland defeat on three further occasions. These successes were punctuated by six Munster Championships and three National Football League titles. O’Sullivan made his …

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3 Moments Illustrating Brian Cody’s Tactical Genius

Last Monday saw the totally unsurprising re-appointment of Ireland’s answer to Alex Ferguson and Bruce Lombardi – Brian Cody. In Kilkenny circles, It was inevitable that he would continue on into his 17th season, but there was idle speculation everywhere else  that he would walk into the sunset with a remarkable ten All-Ireland titles to his name. While we await to …

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Ten Sporting One Hit Wonders

A one hit wonder is a term better associated with music but sport has often been subject to many a person who was in the spotlight for a period of time and then found themselves cast back into obscurity. Sean Cremin provides us with a list of ten sporting ‘one hit wonders’ in no particular order. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tim Tebow – American …

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PA Hurling Power Rankings: No. 5 – 1

The time has come to decide the final five players in the Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings. Here’s who we think are the top five hurlers in Ireland at the moment. 5. TJ Reid Reid was another player who brought his game forward another level or two this year. For so long, he was a sub on the Kilkenny side that many people said would walk into …

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PA Hurling Power Rankings: No. 15 – 5

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Tony Kelly led the way last year, having been crowned double Hurler of the Year for 2013. Will he top the charts again for 2014? Here are numbers 15-5. 15. Cathal Barrett Barrett was the outstanding newcomer of the 2014 championship and was absolutely brilliant at corner-back for Tipperary. Even when Tipperary were struggling, Barrett still shone this year and …

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PA Hurling Power Rankings No. 25 – 15

A few months back. we put together Ireland’s top twenty-five hurlers prior to the throw-in of the 2014 hurling season. Now that the season has ended, it is time to reassess our power rankings. Tony Kelly led the way having been crowned double Hurler of the Year for 2013. Will he top the charts again for 2014? Form is the …

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3 Issues For Ger Cunningham To Sort Out In Dublin

With the recent appointment of Ger Cunningham as Dublin’s senior hurling boss, it is no secret that he has his work cut out for him. Ashling Dalton discusses three issues Cunningham must sort out.  The Anthony Daly era has seen the Blues make massive strides in becoming one of hurling’s top powers and how Cunningham goes about building on that success …

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Dublin Outside Of Croker? Not Up For Debate

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Brian Barry argues that the prospect of Dublin playing a game outside of Croke Park is not up for discussion.   The old debate about whether the Dublin footballers should be made play outside of Croke Park raised its ugly head again this week. Calls that it gives the Dubs an unfair advantage fell on deaf ears, and now Jim …

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It’s Been A Good Week/Bad Week For…

Sport can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows from week to week. Here’s a quick look back at who had a good/bad week in sport this week.   Good Week Alan Pardew The under pressure Newcastle manager saw his team win at Manchester City and at home to Liverpool this week. After a disastrous start to the season Newcastle …

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3 Reasons GAA Dual Stars Are Opting For One Code

GAA dual stars look to be dwindling in numbers as the game steadily advances in commitment level, here Ashling Dalton looks at three of the main reasons dual stars are opting for one code over the other.  Last week saw the announcement that Cork’s Aidan Walsh has opted to only play for Jimmy Barry Murphy’s hurlers next year, now he wasn’t …

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The Club: Atticall GAC

Matt Cassidy’s journey to some of Ireland’s community clubs continues with a trip to Atticall GAC in County Down. Surrounded by the magnificent Mourne Mountains Atticall GAC nestles, representing the passionate Gaelic men and women of Atticall, County Down. Founded in 1962, this small community has achieved plenty through hard work and effort, keeping Gaelic games alive in the parish. …

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Ireland’s Compromise Rules Squad Announced

Ireland manager Paul Earley has announced his twenty-five man squad ahead of the tour to Australia for the 2014 Compromise Rules Series. Donegal’s Michael Murphy will captain the side again this year with Cork’s Aidan Walsh being handed the vice-captaincy. The squad is represented by fifteen different counties with many big names in the squad. Mayo man Pearse Hanley is …

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Top Three Hurlers That Were Robbed Of An All Star

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Ashling Dalton discusses three players that were unlucky not to be awarded an All Star following their performances in this year’s All Ireland campaign. To say the 2014 Hurling All Stars attracted much debate is an understatement. This is the first time only three counties have been represented in an All Star selection, which is a poor reflection on what …

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