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March 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

Friday 17th March, on the traditional day of St. Patrick, is the date for the AIB GAA football club championship final, as Slaughtneil of Derry take on Dr. Crokes from Kerry in Croke Park (TG4, throw-in 5pm). This is the day when a year’s worth of blood, sweat, tears, mud, more sweat, and what feels like 5,400 laps of pitches culminates in the final battle to decide which team is the best in the nation in 2016/17, all while everyone else plays the next season’s league games. But let’s not focus on that. It has truly been a rollercoaster ride this season in the latter stages of the championship. Favourites […]

February 27, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

After three weeks, the Allianz National Football Leagues have been living up to their expectations as the least predictable, most entertaining part of the GAA Football calendar. Every week there seems to be a surprise upset and teams are performing above expectations around the country. Even Dublin aren’t coasting through games like they usually do. It’s refreshing to see. Ulster teams are at the forefront of this discussion, as we gauge what chances each team has to win their respective division. Strength in Depth The Ulster championship is seen as the most competitive of the four provinces in championship football, so it’s only natural that we make close inspections to […]

February 11, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

‘Here we all are now, all the lads’, as Fr.Todd Unctious would say. It’s time for the 2017 AIB Football All-Ireland Club Championships Semi-Finals and by god it feels like a long time since the provincials were played. ‘I thought the Dublin team already won it’ I hear you say?’ Well no they didn’t, that was the Leinster, again. By the time the first ball is thrown in on Saturday February 11th, it will be 2 months since any of these teams have played a championship game. Bit ridiculous really isn’t it? But that’s a story for another day. Each of these teams have been excellent, with Galway’s Corofin, Dublin’s […]

January 30, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Such are the demands placed on inter-county GAA players, it is becoming increasingly harder for footballers and hurlers to commit to a career at the very top. Eight high-profile Donegal players decided to take a step back from inter-county football for 2017. Sure these poor lads haven’t seen their families for about five years, not can they even remember what a Chinese tastes like. As a result of this, each year we are seeing more and more young players get a chance to impress at the very highest level. 2016 saw some fresh, promising footballers getting a taste for senior inter-county football. Sure half of them are probably students, like. […]

November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
The O’Donovan Brothers

It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at have put together our top […]

September 18, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity
Dublin V Mayo Draw

Well here we are again, the third Sunday in September, GAA football’s glory day after the annual Club Final every St. Patrick’s Day. On this Sunday, many believed the stage was set for Mayo to overcome Dublin and take their first All Ireland Senior Football Championship since 1951, having lost 3 finals over the last 10 years. The game started slowly, with only 4 scores after the opening 15 minutes, it looked to be a potential repeat of the 2015 final between Dublin and Kerry which left a sour taste in many fans mouths, expecting far more. David Clark, Mayo’s man between the posts had previously been in top class […]

August 6, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
croke park

If you pick up a newspaper these days and turn to the back page chances are you will see some reference to player welfare, the demands put on the modern inter-county player or how difficult it is for smaller counties to remain competitive in the G.A.A. These are pressing issues for the G.A.A. and every week it seems like there is a different solution. The inter-county scene has changed a lot over the past 10 years, the introduction of a more professional attitude coupled with increased use of tactics means players are required to spend an awful lot more time on the training ground nowadays than they were in the […]

July 23, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
What Next The County Player?

The GAA, the amateur organisation with the professional attitude. The time for having a fag while you were getting your half time team talk is long behind us. Not only will you be kept away from the pub the night before a match, you might be kept away from it for six months at a time. It’s not a game anymore, it’s a lifestyle. Follow any county player on twitter, Instagram or snapchat and you’ll see posts about meal prep, gym programs etc. But what’s next for this, the first generation of players who have been robbed of the social side of the game. Once upon a time, teams were […]

February 18, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

There is a lot of talk about how the football championship structure needs to be fixed, that a Champions League style system is required. While I have no problem with brainstorming, I genuinely worry for someone who thinks Dublin versus Longford or Kerry versus Waterford would be less one-sided if the teams were in groups of four and not in provinces. What kills the championship is lack of flow to it – take the first round of qualifiers for instance, where teams who were beaten six or seven weeks ago play a team who are facing into a 13 day turnaround. There is no need for this situation to occur. […]

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