The GAA Championship

It was a little different to our usual output, but 200% writer Mark Murphy shares his football passion with an interest in the Gaelic games of football and hurling, and this summer he sent us regular updates from the GAA Championship, the summer tournaments which receive very little press attention in the UK.

The GAA Championship, Week 17: Dublin’s Fab Four In A Row

I am ancient enough to remember the last team to win four All-Ireland senior football championships in-a-row. Kerry beat Offaly in 1981, about as comfortably as their seven-point winning margin suggested, which further suggested that an...

The GAA Championship, Week 16: Limerick End 45 Years of Hurt

It would have been “so 2018” if Galway’s Joe Canning had pointed his long-range, last-seconds free in Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling Final, to complete the mother of all comebacks, even in a hurling year with an entire maternity ward-full of the...

The GAA Championship, Week 15: The Final Four

And then there were four. Dublin and Tyrone in football’s 2nd September final, Limerick and Galway in hurling’s 19th August final. Last weekend, Galway were still in with a shot at four All-Ireland final places. One of the few traditions to survive all...

The GAA Championship, Week 14: The Final Five

And then there were five. Dublin, Monaghan, Tyrone in the football. Limerick in the hurling. Galway in both. Just. Last weekend nearly ended both Galway’s hopes, though. They again proved that a nine-point lead is “nothing in hurling” before...

The GAA Championship, Week 12: (Gaelic) Football’s Coming Home

Gaelic Football’s ‘Super-8s’ took one weekend to become ‘much-maligned.’ But Sunday’s games were so good that I thought I was watching the hurling. The upshot of Saturday evening was that Dublin are hotter All-Ireland title favourites than the...

The GAA Championship, Week 11: The Not-So-Super Eights

He could have said nothing. But it said lots about RTE presenter Michael Lyster as a man and a broadcaster that he admitted his mistake, knowing it would make good punditry. In what is already being touted as hurling’s game-of-the-year, even this...

The GAA Championship, Week 10: The Lucky Thirteen

So. Farewell, then. Most of Ireland. ‘Championship’ is down to football’s “super8s,” (superbs?) in the style sub-editors appear instructed to use, and hurling’s super-six, in the style I’ve just concocted. Thirteen counties’ All-Ireland title...

GAA Championship, Week 9: Newbridge or Nowhere

Like the World Cup, there are no more second chances in this year’s ‘Championship.’ And, last weekend, while there were three big hurling matches of fascinating if different qualities, for once, football won the day(s). After, as they say in...

The GAA Championship, Week 8: Arlene Foster & Home Comforts

The big GAA story of a weekend which followed football’s form-book to the letter was who was there, not what they saw. Fermanagh predictably lost the Ulster final to Donegal when their tactic of boring the opposition to death failed. Amongst...

The GAA Championship, Week 7: A Calm Before The Storm

Fifteen games last week, eleven next week. And only three on Sunday. But it was an intensity blip with a logic to it (see below). And the games were big ones. The Munster Hurling Final pairing was decided by trademark late drama, even if the...

The GAA Championship, Week 6: Tipp Toppled

The Championship field is contracting. Eight counties’ football championship finished after defeats last weekend. But the big departure of the weekend was in hurling. Tipperary. Convincing All-Ireland champions 21 months ago, seemingly...

The GAA Championship, Week 5: Hurling Holding Sway

As some of you may be aware, we had a major meltdown of the 200% server last night which led to the site disappearing altogether for about fourteen hours. We've managed to salvage almost all of it, but we did lose three days' worth. Most of that is lost...

The GAA Championship: Week 4 – The Sunday Game… Just.

‘Championship’ always had busy weekends during provincial competitions’ early rounds. But these have got busier with this year’s new formats. As has ‘The Sunday Game,’ RTE’s ‘Match of the Day’ equivalent. Sunday’s highlights show started at...

The GAA Championship, Week 3: The Munsters

When my interest in Gaelic sports began in the 1970s, Munster’s Hurling Championship was THE hurling championship, Munster’s Hurling Final was THE big day of the hurling year, Semple Stadium in the small Tipperary town of Thurles was THE...

The GAA Championship: Week Two – Brian Cody & Lesser Mortals

There was drama-a-plenty in New York two Sundays ago. And ‘summer’ isn’t exactly here (Ireland’s first day of test cricket being rained off was no surprise). But ‘Championship’ REALLY started last weekend. Controversialist pundit Joe Brolly was...

Championship: Ireland’s Sporting Summer

In Irish sport, ‘Championship’ means the All-Ireland Gaelic Football and Hurling championships, traditionally played from May-to-September. And this weekend, ‘Championship’ 2018 began, in two of the most Irish places imaginable, London and New...

Gaelic Football: Roscommon, From Rags To Riches

Last March, Roscommon were touted in Ireland’s media as Gaelic Football’s “Leicester City.” This March, Roscommon were Gaelic Football’s Sunderland…with a worse defence. A “quick and awful” decline. An inexplicable, un-necessary waste of a LOT of talent. Roscommon is...

The GAA: Real Amateurs

“Tell you what. Saturday afternoons are bulls**t when there’s no football on,” tweeted 200%’s master craftsman Ian King last weekend. Mark Murphy spent the afternoon watching hurling and disagrees, for a very specific reason. Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association...

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