The GAA Championship: Devastating Dublin, Ta-Ra Tyrone

Well, Mayo are definitely gone now. As, probably, is all hope of denying Dublin a fifth consecutive All-Ireland football title. When Kilkenny dominated this century’s early years, their big game victories often followed a similar pattern. Their...

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The GAA Championship: Mayo, Definitely Not Gone

It has been a difficult telly year for RTE controversialist pundit Joe Brolly. Under the new regime of presenter Joanne Cantwell at RTE’s flagship GAA programme “The Sunday Game,” his eloquent, always listenable views have been stiffly...

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GAA Championship: The Best Sport In The World

Last year’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final weekend was sensational. This year’s couldn’t possibly match it. Could it? Why, yes. Yes it could. No extra-time this year. But, with the notable exception of full-frontal nudity, pretty much everything...

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GAA Championship: Football’s Final Five

The All-Ireland football championship can now only be won by five teams. Cork, Meath and, embarrassingly, Roscommon were eliminated during the “Super-8s” weekend residency, for its ‘neutral’ matches, at…erm…Dublin’s Croke Park. Of course, only...

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The GAA Championship: Kilkenny, Kings For A Day

I’d love to start this article with first-hand tales of Roscommon derring-do and victory over Tyrone. But they derring-didn’t. They played well and only lost by four points a year to the minute after an EIGHTEEN-point trimming from the same...

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The GAA Championship: Wexford’s Wonders

2019’s provincial championships are over; in football, possibly forever. All ‘back doors’ are shut. Beaten teams in both football and hurling are now gone for the summer. And the story of All-Ireland glory REALLY starts. Traditionally, Munster...

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The GAA Championship: Football’s Back Door Shuts

“Joining Roscommon in the Super-8s…” said RTE presenter Joanne Cantwell, last weekend, sounding better (and, dare I say, looking lovelier) whenever she said Kerry, then Donegal, then Dublin would indeed be “joining Roscommon.” Three of football’s four...

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The GAA Championship: Rossies Rampant, Galway Ghastly

I know. Because I was there. Roscommon’s out-of-nowhere second-half comeback prised the Connacht football title from Galway, in sunny, rainy, calm, windy Salthill. It was sport as theatre, on-and-off the pitch. Or, for the large Roscommon...

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The GAA Championship: Kilkenny’s Reliance On Reid

Last weekend brought more genuine Ulster football thrills and more one-sided Munster hurling. But Leinster produced hurling’s game of the year to date. And its championship goes right down to what Sky Sports would advertise as “Super Saturday”...

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The GAA Championship: Ulster & The New Munster?

The RTE website headline on Monday asked the question: “Is Ulster football the new Munster hurling?” To which the only sane answer is “don’t be ridiculous.” Nonetheless, the headline writer could be excused. It is mind-altering to see this...

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The GAA Championship: What About Roscommon?

Our Gaelic Games correspondent Mark Murphy was contemplating buying a sofa behind which to hide as his Gaelic Football team, Roscommon, visited National League champions Mayo at a ground where they hadn’t beaten the hosts since Doctor and the...

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The GAA Championship: An Alternative Ulster

Munster’s hurling championship was expected to provide May’s GAA fun and frolics. Ulster’s football championship (UFC) was not. And yet…No-one would have pinpointed the ultra-local ‘derby,’ and Ulster championship quarter-final, Down v. Armagh, as the...

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The GAA Championship: Ole Ole

Gary Lineker, and others in soccer’s ‘intelligentsia,’ declared after the recent Champions League semi-finals that there was “nothing like football.” They clearly never saw last year’s All-Ireland hurling semi-finals. This year’s hurling...

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