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BOI Celtic Challenge Group F: Monaghan & Wicklow Gold Record Big Wins

Celtic Challenge

The 2019 Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge has well and truly kicked into gear following a number of first-round games taking place throughout the country. In Group F there were strong wins for Monaghan, Wicklow Gold and the Kildare Cadets at the expense of Louth, Longford and Cavan respectively. Here is a full and comprehensive round-up following the opening round …

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Derek McGrath On Training Camps, Punditry & Dealing With Mental Health

Derek McGrath agrees with his Waterford successor, Paraic Fanning, that the GAA need to focus their attention elsewhere rather than trying to ban training camps. Earlier this week, Fanning voiced his displeasure at the GAA’s ruling to prohibit foreign training camps from next year onwards. Waterford recently returned from a five-day stint in Portugal and Fanning described the change in …

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Shane Hogan Looking To Inspire A Generation Of Native New Yorkers

For the New York Gaelic football squad, Sunday’s Connacht Championship encounter with Mayo presents an opportunity to rub shoulders with one of the greatest sides of a generation. Nobody is giving them a hope in hell of winning and why should they, the last time James Horan’s side came stateside they left with a comprehensive victory. However, since then, New …

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Burke And Silke Return For Galway As Walsh Hands Out Three Debuts

Corofin duo Ian Burke and Liam Silke return to the Galway starting XV for this weekend’s trip to Ruislip where they will face London in the opening round of the Connacht Championship.  Kevin Walsh had to make do without the Corofin contingent throughout the Allianz Football League as they powered their way to a second All-Ireland club title in a …

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Joe Canning: It’s Stupid Talk To Look Beyond Leinster

Joe Canning knows his championship season could be over before it gets started following a groin injury sustained in Galway’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Waterford. The former hurler of the year has been ruled out for up to 16 weeks after undergoing surgery and while that would leave him open to a return around mid to late July. Canning …

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Dublin Great Paul Flynn Announces Inter-County Retirement

Decorated Dublin star Paul Flynn has announced his retirement from inter-county football at the age of 32 due to fitness reasons  Flynn won six All-Ireland titles with the Dubs, as well as earning four consecutive All-Stars between 2011 and 2014, but has struggled to regain full fitness after back surgery in 2018. In a statement Flynn said: “After 12 proud years …

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Gaelic Football To Take A Back Seat As RTÉ Announce Live Schedule

In case you were under any illusion that Gaelic football is still the viewing choice of Gaels around the country, RTÉ are here to tell you otherwise.  The national broadcaster today released their schedule ahead of this summers provincial championships with hurling set to dominate our TV screens until the end of June. RTÉ will only broadcast just five Gaelic …

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Ladies Championship Game In Laois Abandoned Following Mass Brawl

Shocking scenes ensued during a ladies club championship game in Laois on Monday night after a mass brawl left one player hospitalised with a suspected broken nose. According to Laois Today, the intermediate championship match between Graiguecullen and St Paul’s was abandoned following the incident. The incident occurred during the second half of Monday’s clash. Last year’s finalists, Graiguecullen led …

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Kerry Don’t Fear Dublin Completing The Five-In-A-Row

The Dublin senior footballers stand on the brink of history as the 2019 All-Ireland Championship looms.  The ‘drive for five’ is underway and all anybody can talk about is whether Jim Gavin’s men can complete something that has never been done before in Gaelic Games. The great Kilkenny hurling team of the late 2000s couldn’t complete the five, nor could …

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Pundit Arena & The GAA Announce Two-Year Broadcast Partnership

Pundit Arena and the GAA have announced a two-year partnership which will see the innovative Irish sports media house broadcast the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge Finals and Semi-Finals in 2019 and 2020. The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge is the national hurling development competition for 16 and 17-year-old hurlers. The 2019 tournament kicks off in March, with the finals …

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Owen Mulligan: London Camp On The Same Level As Tyrone

The All-Ireland Championship kicks into gear this weekend when London welcome Galway to McGovern Park, Ruislip, for the quarter-final of the Connacht Senior Football Championship. It’s a tough ask for London taking on last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists with former player, Owen Mulligan, admitting as much. However, the Tyrone legend was adamant in his assessment that there is no difference between …

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Dublin Handed Huge Boost With Return Of Rory O’Carroll

Dublin have received a huge boost on the eve of the championship with the news that Rory O’Carroll has rejoined the panel. The three-time All-Ireland winner left Ireland following Dublin’s Sam Maguire cup success in 2015 opting to spend the past three seasons travelling and working in New Zealand. Despite Dublin’s continued dominance, O’Carroll’s absence left a huge hole in …

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Former GAA Official Suggests Introduction Of Two Referees

Rory Hickey Referees

Retired Gaelic Football referee, Rory Hickey, has suggested that the GAA should introduce two referees into the game.  The Clare native retired earlier this week when he failed to make the national panel for 2019 following a 20-year career during which he took charge of an All Ireland minor final and a club final. Speaking to RTE Sunday Sport, Hickey …

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