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Kilkenny Are By No Means Finished

Despite several retirements during the off-season, Brian Barry argues that Kilkenny are by no means finished in their quest for more glory in 2015.  Kilkenny captured the All-Ireland Hurling Championship for the 35th time last September, with Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin both securing their tenth titles. On the back of much criticism in 2013, there was a sense that the 2014 triumph …

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Hurling 2020 Report Postive But Not Without Flaws

  Following the establishment of a committee headed by Liam Sheedy, and a survey completed by 4,000 people last summer, the GAA today published a report outlining 15 proposals to improve the game of hurling. Here is our reaction to the main talking points of the report.    The Good   Number of Defenders for Penalties and 20m Frees “The Hurling 2020 …

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The New Hurling Penalty Rule, Will It Work?

New Year, new rule. Will the GAA’s latest Hurling rule change kill entertainment but truly punish offenders?   In the last week or so, the hurling review committee, backed by the GAA, have announced another change to the hurling penalty rule. As opposed to three players being deployed on the line to face a free, only the goalkeeper will face penalties, …

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Achoimre na Bliana 2014

Mar thír, táimid gafa le spórt. N’fheadar an mbaineann sé leis ár gcúlra, ár ndúchas, nó fiú ár nósanna, ach cuid mhór d’ionnanas an Éireannaigh atá ann. Agus ard-bhliain spóirt a bhí ann i 2014. Sna chluichí gaelacha, tháinig Cill Chainnigh agus Ciarraí chun cinn arís chun ord agus eagair a chur ar an scéal. Ach samhradh corraitheach a bhí …

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Did Del Boy Win Two All Irelands With Kerry In The 1980s?

Following the news that the Kerry team were presented with Celtic Cross rings at their awards night last week in Killarney, we’re wondering if Del Boy was part of the famous Kerry side that won a number of All Irelands in the 1980s. Here’s a picture of the Kerry team’s Celtic Cross rings: And here’s Del Boy sporting two rings that look …

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Frank Murphy & John Delaney – Brothers In Arms?

The Football Association of Ireland recently endured a much publicised controversy, spearheaded by Chief Executive John Delaney. This was quickly been followed by the confirmation of the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, which was controversial to some GAA folk. This sparked a question at Pundit Arena. Could similarities be drawn between the chief executive of the FAI, John Delaney, and …

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Christmas Wish List For Intercounty Hurling Teams: Part 2

Here is the second edition of our two-part series on what intercounty hurling teams may have at the top of the Christmas lists ahead of the 2015 season. The margins are very tight between most sides in the Championship and here is what managers could be looking to add to their respective teams. We’ve already looked at what Kilkenny, Tipperary, Cork, …

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Gaelic Football: A Starting 15 That We Won’t See In 2015

The profile of intercounty retirements has been far higher in hurling that it has been in gaelic football so far this winter but nonetheless, a lot of class acts and great servants will not be seen on football fields around the country anymore. Here is a football XV to follow up on the recent hurling selection. __________________________________________________________________________________ 1. Brendan McVeigh …

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Christmas Wish List For Intercounty Hurling Teams: Part 1

As we close in on the 25th of December, a lot of teams will take a short break before embarking on the regular January slog. The 2014 season is very much a thing of the past and all eyes are now focused on 2015. Here Sean Cremin looks at what certain intercounty managers may have on their wish lists for Christmas. …

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GAA News: Sean Armstrong The Latest To Retire

In another of the GAA’s off-season retirements, Garbh Madigan takes a look back at the career of Sean Armstrong. For those of us who remember the great Galway minor and under-21 teams of the 2000s, today is a sad day. At the prime age of 29, Sean Armstrong has revealed to the Irish Independent that he has retired from inter-county …

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3 Problems The Galway Hurling Committee Need To Sort

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Ashling Dalton discusses the three main issues that have thrown Galway hurling into controversy in the past few weeks. In recent weeks the strength of Galway hurling has been thrown into disarray with disagreements over leadership of the hurling committee, shots being fired at the Leinster council for not including Galway underage teams in the Leinster championship, and holdups which have resulted in …

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Anthony Daly Moves To The Treaty

Anthony Daly has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy. Daly stepped down as Dublin’s senior hurling manager earlier this year after six years with the side. In his time there he steered the Metropolitans to their first National League and Leinster titles in over 50 years; giving a much needed boost to hurling in …

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Eoin Kelly: The Greatest Inside Forward Of The Last 20 Years

It is tribute time again on Pundit Arena as the list of retired intercounty hurlers continues to grow. We have covered Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney and now it’s the turn of Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly. Never has there been a year when so many high-profile players have hung up their boots and fitting tributes must be paid to some of …

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Hurling: A Starting 15 That We Won’t See in 2015

Retirements are part and parcel of the off-season of any sport but 2014 has been a big one for players finishing or postponing their intercounty hurling careers. Here is a starting line-up of players who will not take to the hurling fields in the 2015 championship, unless circumstances change themselves.   1. David Herity (Kilkenny) The Kilkenny net-minder has hung …

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JJ Delaney: The Understated Superhero

With JJ Delaney announcing his retirement last year, Ashling Dalton takes a look back at what made the Kilkenny man so good.  It seems the winter of 2014 was awash with retirements in the GAA world, in particular Kilkenny. Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, David Herity and Aidan Fogarty all walked away with a bucketful of All-Ireland medals between them. However, …

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PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings: No. 5-1

The PA Gaelic Football Power Rankings have finally reached the business end of the countdown. Who will come out on top and be crowned Ireland’s best footballer? CLICK HERE FOR PA GAELIC FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS 15-5   5. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo) If it wasn’t for Aidan O’Shea this year, Mayo could have been beaten by Cork and fulfilled their ‘bottlers’ tag once again …

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