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GAA: Five Talking Points From The Weekend

Allianz Football League Division 1, Ballybofey, Donegal 26/2/2017 Donegal vs Dublin Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny with Donegal's Martin O'Reilly and Neil McGee Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

Considering it’s still only February, this was quite the weekend for the GAA. Between round three of the National Football League, the Fitzgibbon Cup finals and, of course, Congress, limiting this to just five was tough.

It’s (Still) Hard To Beat Dublin

Allianz Football League Division 1, Ballybofey, Donegal 26/2/2017 Donegal vs Dublin Donegal's Eoin McHugh and Dublin's Eric Lowndes Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

After a dramatic comeback to steal a draw against Tyrone, Dublin faced another formidable Ulster opponent and kept their unbeaten run going.

Despite going 20 minutes between their first and second points and having a separate 10-minute scoreless spell in the first half, Donegal led 2-2 to 0-5 at the short whistle. However, Dublin dragged themselves back into the game and Donegal needed an injury time score from Michael Murphy to secure a share of the spoils.

The lesson here seems to be, even when they play poorly, it isn’t easy to beat the Dubs. They are now two games without a win, though, so there is hope for everyone else!

Tyrone v Cavan Called Off At Eleventh Hour

Fans who made the journey to Omagh were furious that the big all-Ulster Division 1 clash was called off an hour before throw-in. Tyrone’s hurlers were due to face Donegal but that game was moved (and eventually called off as well) due to an unplayable pitch. Luckily, given the weather we had over the weekend, these were the only games defeated by the elements.

Louth and Wexford Keep 100 Percent Records

The Wee County are top of Division 3 after an impressive 2-13 to 0-14 win over Offaly, who are having a torrid time in both codes at present. Wexford are the pacesetters in Division 4 after squeezing past Waterford 1-9 to 0-10. Staying in the bottom tier, after a third straight loss on Saturday night, Limerick are bottom of the pile, the only side with no points in that division.

Mary I Retain Fitzgibbon Cup Title

A favourite for the hurling hipsters, the Fitzgibbon Cup concluded this weekend. There was a noticeably small crowd in Galway, as the Limerick teacher-training college overcame IT Carlow, managed by DJ Carey.

After big wins over UL and UCC to get to the final, this was a bridge too far for Carey’s side who lost out to the Jamie Wall managed Mary I. On a poor weekend for Limerick football, the hurling fans Shannonside will have been encouraged by the efforts of Cian Lynch, who was named man of the match, and Darragh O’Donovan.

Congress Makes People Mad2017 GAA Congress, Croke Park, Dublin 25/2/2017 A view of delegates discussing Motion 4, All Ireland Senior Football Championship Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Whether it’s sport or politics, elected officials always seem to let us down. Between the ‘Super 8’s’ becoming a reality and the motion to recognise the Club Player’s Association being withdrawn for fear of an embarrassing defeat, there was more than a few disillusioned at the weekend. Despite most players being against the change, Paraic Duffy’s now infamous motion passed and there is nothing angry tweets can do about it.

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