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Is 2017 The Year Mayo Football Will Overcome The Curse?

Despite an unconvincing campaign this season, is it finally Mayo’s chance to overcome the curse that has haunted them for 66 years? September 23, 1951 was the last time a Mayo captain had his hands on Sam Maguire on the steps of the Hogan stand, will Cillian O’Connor be there on the September 17, 2017 to claim that ever elusive …

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Tony Kelly’s Hurling Honours Since 2010 Are Simply Ridiculous

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On Sunday, Ballyea overcame Cork champions, Glen Rovers, to be crowned with their first ever Munster hurling title. It was a dominant performance by Ballyea, but undeniably, the star of the show was Clare hurler Tony Kelly.  From winning Minor and u21 hurling championships, a National League, Senior All-Ireland to Fitzgibbon Cups with UL, it is without doubt that Tony Kelly …

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The Filtered Joy Of A Victorious Dub

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/8/2016 Dublin vs Kerry Dublin supporters celebrate Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

“The Dubs are back, the Dubs are back, let the railway end go barmy ’cause Hill 16 has never seen the likes of Heffo’s Army.” Here’s a statistic you may not know, or at least you may not have considered – in the 42 championship campaigns since that catchy little ditty, “The Likes of Heffo’s Army”, was unleashed on the …

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Dublin v Kerry: Three Key Battles

Dublin will face Kerry in next weekend’s second All-Ireland semi-final with the winner facing Mayo in next month’s decider. Here, we outline the three key battles which must be won on Sunday. Question marks remain surrounding the Kerry team and their capabilities. Without being significantly tested this year, Kerry head in to this weekend’s semi-final as a very much unknown package. …

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Hurling: Ranking The Top Five Iconic Championship Moments Of 2016

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For a hurling season that has disappointed overall, there have still been some iconic moments which have typified what the GAA is all about. Here, we rank the top five. 5. Wexford’s Day Of Delight July the 9th. Semple Stadium, Thurles. Wexford’s day of delight. Not since 1956 had Wexford beaten Cork in the championship. Both teams went in to the …

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2011-2016: Seven Mayo Players Who Have Played In Eight All-Ireland Semi-Finals

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/8/2016 Mayo vs Tipperary The Mayo team stand for The National Anthem Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Much has been made of Mayo’s consistent ability to reach the latter stages of the All-Ireland championship, without actually getting over the line. Since 2011, Mayo have played in a staggering eight semi-finals (including two replays). Seven players have played their part in each of those eight games. Interestingly, mainstays and veterans Alan Dillon and Andy Moran have both missed …

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Gaelic Football: The Top Five Performers Of The Weekend

Mayo defeated Tipperary to claim a place in this year’s All-Ireland final. Here, we take a look at the top five performers from this weekend’s Gaelic football action. Keith Higgins (Mayo) Higgins was deservedly voted RTÉ‘s man-of-the-match after yesterday’s game. Higgins has been a mainstay in the Mayo defence for years and the Ballyhaunis man once again illustrated his importance to …

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U-21 Hurling: The Top Five Performers From Saturday’s Clashes

Saturday’s BGE All-Ireland Hurling U-21 semi-finals saw Waterford and Galway run out winners. There were some fine displays on show from all teams. Here, we name five of the most prominent performers. Waterford’s victory over Antrim was marred by the facile nature of the win. Waterford were 2-05 to 0-00 up inside the first fifteen minutes, which put an end …

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Tipperary Vs Mayo: The Three Key Battles


Mayo and Tipperary are set to do battle later today at Croke Park in what will be a novel All-Ireland semi-final clash. Outlined below are three key battles which will have a huge bearing on today’s outcome. Brian Fox vs Kevin McLoughlin Although Fox and McLoughlin won’t be in direct opposition, both players have been hugely influential in occupying sweeper …

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Exclusive: Michael Fennelly Talks Croker, Injuries, All-Irelands And More

After rupturing his Achilles tendon in last Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Waterford, Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly will miss next month’s All-Ireland final clash with Tipperary. Today, he spoke exclusively to Pundit Arena to chat all things hurling. Fennelly described the injury as “a tough one” but stated that there’s not much he could do. Having suffered numerous injuries throughout his …

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Gaelic Football: Top Ten Half-Backs In The Game

In what is arguably the most influential line in a Gaelic football match, we take a look at the Top 10 half-backs in the game. 1.Lee Keegan (Mayo) Keegan has been a mainstay in the Mayo jersey for a number of years now. The Westport man is true a leader on the field. His football brain, athletic ability and ability …

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Gaelic Football: Where Would A Second-String Dublin Side Rank?

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The Dublin footballers possess an embarrassment of riches. Here, we take a look at where a second-string Dublin side would rank against the other teams in the country? On any given day, anything can happen in a Gaelic football match. The Dublin team are the best on paper but they are not without their flaws. They are beatable and certainly …

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Hurling: Waterford’s Quest For U21 Glory Takes On Added Significance

Waterford’s bid for a first All-Ireland u21 title since 1992 is now of more significance than ever. Here’s why. After two thrilling games between the Déise and Kilkenny in the senior championship, Derek McGrath’s young side were eventually knocked out of this year’s championship. Having given two remarkable performances, this year was labelled as significant progress for the Déise. However, McGrath …

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Here Is The Team If The Hurling All-Stars Were Picked Now

With only one game remaining in this year’s hurling championship, we select our hurling All-Star team based on what we have seen so far, bearing in mind the fact that the All-Ireland final has a huge impact on the selction. The players who are most unlucky to miss out are Daithi Burke of Galway and Ronan Maher and Michael Breen of …

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The Five Main Contenders For Hurler Of The Year

The All-Ireland final is usually the deciding game in terms of who wins Hurler Of The Year but after this weekend’s superb action, we can’t help but think about the five potential candidates for the award. 1. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny) 2014 Hurler Of The Year Richie Hogan is the bookies favourite to claim the coveted accolade once again this year. …

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Hurling: Significant Room To Improve For Tipperary

Tipperary showed a side we haven’t seen too many times before from them. Although, they weren’t at their best, they battled hard and dug out the win against Galway at Croke Park yesterday. Tipperary were nowhere near their best yesterday at Croke Park and were in many ways, very lucky to come out of Croke Park with a win. The …

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