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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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GAA GPA All-Star Predictions – Hurling

We covered the football earlier in the week and now it is time to predict who will receive the hurling All-Star awards for 2014. We gave our own equivalent of the all-stars when the season had concluded and had one or two controversial inclusions or exclusions as others might say. Here is who Sean Cremin believes will be rewarded at the banquet on …

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GAA GPA All Star Predictions – Football

At the end of the Gaelic Football season, Sean Cremin gave the Pundit Arena football all-star selection. The nominations have since been announced and the day is drawing closer to the final fifteen being named. Here we give what we think will be the GAA GPA all-star selection for 2014. Paul Durcan – Donegal No nomination for Kerry’s Brian Kelly …

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Top Four High Profile GAA Transfers Of The Last 25 Years

With the news that five-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry, Tomas O’Sé is transferring from An Ghaeltacht to Cork’s Nemo Rangers, it has once again reminded us that the GAA is changing and that transfers of this kind are becoming more and more frequent. Recently Limerick footballing great John Galvin began to play his club football in Clare with Cratloe where …

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3 Exciting Clashes In Next Year’s Hurling Championship

The dust has barely settled on the 2014 Senior Hurling Championship but already the GAA are preparing for next year’s campaign and there’s good reason to be excited. Ashling Dalton previews three of the most eagerly awaited clashes from the draw for next year’s championship.  The draws in both hurling and Gaelic football were made last Thursday night and it is safe …

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County Hurling Finals Roundup

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With inter county matters done and dusted for another year, the County Championships take centre stage, as teams vie for bragging rights within their own borders. Here we have a roundup of recent County Finals from around the country. Cork SHC final Glen Rovers 0-8 – Sarsfields 2-18 Sarsfields had the most comfortable of wins in Pairc Ui Chaoimh against …

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GAA: County Football Finals Round Up

With inter county matters done and dusted for another year, the County Championships take centre stage, as teams vie for bragging rights within their own borders. Here we have a roundup of recent County Finals from around the country. Cavan SFC Cavan Gaels 0-16 – Kingscourt Stars 0-15 For the 13th time, Cavan Gaels are top of the pile after …

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