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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
September 1, 2018 (No Comments) by Aidan Raftery
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Well here we are, it’s not the third Sunday in September but it still has all the feel of an All Ireland weekend. Preparations have been made, lines drawn, pitches put in pristine condition, team talks given and players ready to burst on sheer anticipation alone. The first year of the Super 8s have come under scrutiny from many, but there is still a sense that a change was well overdue. For a competition that’s 130 year’s old, an overhaul to the system was always going to take a few hits in the firing line. The GAA, is and always will be a beautiful thing though, how one cup drives […]

July 21, 2018 (No Comments) by Aidan Raftery
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In Gaelic football, Hurling, Ladies Gaelic football and Camogie, injuries can and will occur. Just like any other sport, the injuries that can be sustained in the GAA will vary. All four are very physical sports and they carry their own unique dangers. There are lots of demands on these players despite the fact they are amateur sports, thereby increasing the element of pressure in the game. Science in the GAA The approach regarding preparation in training and matches in all aspects of the GAA has become very scientific. Especially in the last 18 years with the introduction of gym work, strength and conditioning and devices to track players performances. […]

September 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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After 62 games, the inter-county football season finds itself at the finale. 33 teams began the season with mixed ambitions for the season. New York had a genuine belief of finally winning a championship game, Kerry began their campaign with confidence of ending Dublin’s grasp of dominance over the championship as they had done in the Allianz football league, and the Dubs and Mayo wanted to be back where they had been the year before. Only the latter of these three scenarios came true, with a repeat performance of last season’s epic showdown highly anticipated between the two teams seen as the best the country has to offer. Throw-in is at […]

August 12, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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Before the championship even began this year, the Cork hurlers were written off as a team who were going nowhere fast. After a poor 2016 season, where they were knocked out in the second round of the qualifiers to Wexford, everyone seemingly forgot that this is Cork hurling we are talking about and it would only be a matter of time before the Cork hurlers were back firing on all cylinders once again. Waterford on the other hand were expected to at least get to the semi-final stage again this year after the heartbreak of losing to Kilkenny in a replay at this stage last year. Derek McGrath’s side haven’t […]

July 1, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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Nobody who knows anything about hurling would have predicted that Wexford, who have flattered to deceive over the past couple of years, would reach this year’s Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final. However, thanks to the appointment of Davy Fitzgerald as manager, Wexford have reached their first Leinster final since 2008. Facing off against Davy Fitz and his team of yellow bellies are the men from West Leinster, Galway. Michéal Donoghue’s men have had a great 2017 season so far, and will come into this final as heavy favourites after their demolition job of Dublin and Offaly in the previous rounds of the Leinster SHC. But can Galway claim a second […]

June 29, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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After last weekends semi-finals were decided, the wheels were in motion for all of the 2017 GAA Senior Football Championship provincial finals. It’s been a hectic few months for players, battling in and out of the AIB Club Championship and fighting through the Allianz Football League. But of all the matches that have been played, none share the significance of the games ahead. A win for each county will take the pride of the province and secure a place at the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-finals in just under a months time. Let’s have a look at these four massive finals and what the fans can look forward to over […]

June 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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The easy and most logical answer to the question posed in the title of this article is, Yes, of course they can. Just look at the monster that Dublin football has become over the past few years, they very well could win the next five Leinster titles and nobody would be overly surprised. Dublin face off against the winners of the Offaly/Westmeath replay in the Leinster semi-final on Sunday June 25th, then a possible Leinster final against either Meath or Kildare on July 16th. So can the Dubs continue this run of dominance, which has seen them turn the Leinster championship into little more than a stroll over the past […]

May 31, 2017 (3 Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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With the evenings getting longer and the sun even making the odd appearance, there’s only one thing left that signals the beginning of summer. the GAA Football and Hurling Championships have begun. Will Dublin be able to claim three in a row, are Kilkenny a spent force and will the #Mayo4Sam Brigade ever break “The Curse of ’51”? The traditionalists amongst us will consume The Sunday Game and take in the opinions of Spillane, Loughnane and Brolly and that’s it. Thankfully with the advent of on-demand audio, we’re now able to get more opinions and discussion points from former players than ever before. So, if you are sick of seeing Joe […]

April 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Of course, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to us that teams playing other teams that are at a similar level, lends itself to entertaining and exciting viewing. With five minutes left of league action last Sunday, Monaghan and Donegal both had a couple of their respective limbs in the division one showdown. But impressive comebacks from Mayo and Dublin altered the pairing for the head-to-head, completely. Mayo finished in 5th in the league standings, which would have surprised and disappointed many on the west coast, was it not for the fact that they only missed out on qualification for the final on score difference. The competitive nature of the […]

March 31, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Dublin were waltzing their way into the history books, yet there was a noticeable lull in the Croke Park atmosphere. Beating a young and timid Roscommon team by 35 points does not surprise nor excite The Hill anymore. Not only do they expect it, there is a cohort of Dublin fans growing up who don’t know any different. They forget the eons in the wilderness. The Royal neighbour collecting All-Irelands. The false dawns. The Croke Park annihilations. The sixteen barren years. But when Kevin McManamon picked up the ball on the 21 and ran straight at a tired Kerry defence in the 2011 All-Ireland final, it all changed. Two years […]

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