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TBT: The Great Ever Munster Hurling Final?

Munster Hurling Final 27/6/2004 Cork vs Waterford John Mullane of Waterford is restrained by Sean Og O'hAilpin after he struck Brian Murphy ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Taking Munster Hurling Final weekend into account, this week’s Throwback Thursday looks at the best Munster final in recent memory, and in many people eyes the best they have ever seen. The year was 2004. Cork and Waterford both descended on Thurles. Cork were defending Munster champions who were hurting following an All-Ireland final loss from 2003. They disposed of …

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Analysis: Just How Important Are The Team Managers In Sport?

We are living in extraordinary times. With what appeared to be a mediocre squad of players, Claudio Ranieri guided Leicester City to a Premier League title. Diego Simeone, having bid adieu to the likes of Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, brought Athlético Madrid to the Champions League final, again. We have seen Iceland march into the last eight of the …

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Cork V Dublin; One Must Lose

This weekend sees Cork and Dublin face off in a knock-out championship game. Ger Cunnigham brings his Dublin side back his native Cork in what has the potential to be a cracking game. Words cannot describe how big this game is for both sides. It is not quite as big for hurling as the Kilkenny-Tipperary game back in 2013, but for …

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GAA: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not

Our new weekly feature on Pundit Arena GAA has landed. After all the dust settles on the weekend, we will look at those whose stock has risen and fallen over the weekend’s action by looking at who’s hot and who’s not. _____ Who’s Hot Dublin Fans On Their Travels We gave it plenty of negative press on these pages and …

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Clare: Will The Banner Roar In 2016?

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It may not be the 81 long years that Clare had to go through in the lead up to their dream summer of 1995. The wait this time may only be a potential three years but a lot of people are tipping the Banner to reign supreme in Ireland this year. Clare’s poor performances since winning the All-Ireland in 2013 have …

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League Champions Clare Rocked By Injuries Ahead Of Waterford Showdown

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Clare and Waterford are readying themselves for what will be their third clash within the space of a month on Sunday week, with both managers Davy Fitzgerald and Derek McGrath hoping that their stars can remain fit between now and then. However, Lady Luck has not smiled upon the Banner, as they will be without John Conlon, David McInerney, Conor Ryan and Aaron Cunningham …

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Opinion: 10 Ways To Make The GAA More Progressive

Sean Cremin examines ten things that could be done to make the GAA more progressive. _____ 1. Sort out the fixture list The GAA fixture list is all over the place. GAA teams at all levels do not have enough competitive games at appropriate times of the year. It really is a case of ‘feast or famine’ at all levels. …

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The Evolving Role Of Goalkeepers In Gaelic Games

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We take a closer look at how the role of goalkeepers has changed in modern gaelic games. “Paddy dashed back to his goal like a woman who smells a cake burning….” The words of the great journalist Con Houlihan, describing the now infamous goal scored by Mikey Sheehy against Paddy Cullen in the 1978 All Ireland final. A very talented …

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10 Signs You’re A Cork Hurling Fan Through And Through

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Whether you’re from the ‘Barrs’, the ‘Rockies’, or indeed anywhere else in the county of Cork, nothing unites the ‘Real Capital’ more than the senior hurlers. With Cork hurling in a dreadful way, it might be time for a bit of nostalgia to lighten the mood. Here are ten signs that you’re a true Cork hurling fan. 1) You still …

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Why Management And Coaching Are So Important

Nowadays, a lot of people are inclined to say that sports in general are becoming over-oachoached. Sports have advanced alongside science and technology, and as a result almost every game is a shadow of what it used to be decades ago. Games are not like they used to be, and it is often argued if this is in a positive …

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Three Teams Who Need A Big National Hurling League Campaign

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The National Hurling League is kicking off this weekend, and after a long winter’s break, intercounty sides finally get back into true competitive action. The league is always a tricky one. There is no proven recipe for summer success when it comes to the spring. Some sides opt for experimentation, while others go all out for silverware. It is probably …

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Clare Hurlers Dealt Hammer Blow Ahead Of Season

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The honeymoon period is over before it started for Donal Óg Cusack, as the Clare senior hurling management have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that Pat Donnellan could miss the whole season. Donnellan, 30, captained the Banner to All-Ireland success in 2013, and was named as an All-Star that same year. However, it appears that he may have …

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Davy Fitzgerald: Shane O’Donnell Is Not Protected By Referees

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Davy Fitzgerald has made a strong statement in the direction of referees, complaining that sharpshooter Shane O’Donnell is fouled too often, and not awarded frees. The Clare manager was speaking to The Irish Independent in the wake of the Banner’s Munster Senior League victory over Cork yesterday. O’Donnell’s goal was the difference in a 1-14 to 0-14 win in what …

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GPA Elect New Chairman

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have elected Limerick’s Séamus Hickey as their new chairman, it has been confirmed, after the former All-Star winner put his name forward to replace Dónal Óg Cusack. The former Cork goalkeeper stepped down from the role after 13 years, as he leaves to join the Clare management under Davy Fitzgerald. Speaking to the42.ie, Hickey spoke of …

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Dónal Óg Cusack Named As Clare Hurling Selector

It has been announced that former Cork goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack will be a member of the Clare hurling backroom team for 2016. Teaming up with Davy Fitzgerald, the two former goalkeepers will work together in a bid to see the Banner back to the heights of 2013. BREAKING: 3 time All Ireland winner with Cork @DonalOgC has been confirmed as …

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Goalkeepers – We’re Not Crazy You Know!

Tom O’Connor defends the goalkeeping  profession, arguing that the skill and hard work exhibited by netminders is often is overlooked by fans and commentators alike. “That O’ Connor fella’s half mad” was the first positive comment I remember hearing about my fledgling goalkeeping career. It was uttered by one local to another after hearing my 11 year old  high pitched …

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Cork Hurlers Show Their All-Ireland Credentials

Cork hurlers made a statement of intent in comfortably disposing of the Clare last Sunday. Sean Cremin discusses their potential and why they should be looked upon as real contenders to lift the Liam McCarthy cup come September. 2013 saw the Cork senior hurling team shock an awful lot of people. They reached the All-Ireland hurling final in a whirlwind …

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