Two-tier championship the best way forward, says Westmeath’s Sayeh

Westmeath’s Boidu Sayeh believes a two-tier championship is a runner in Gaelic football, pointing to the “outrageous” set-up that Dublin have which ...

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Crowd trouble ‘an exception’, insist Munster GAA chiefs

A crowd incident — which was filmed and widely circulated on social media — at last Sunday’s Munster SHC clash between Tipperary and Waterford ...

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Maher warns last year is a closed book for Tipperary

Tipperary forward Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher acknowledged Conor Gleeson’s red card affected Waterford’s performance in Sunday’s Munster ...

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Weekend talking points: Cork comeback breathes life into the Munster Championship

Michael Moynihan's Championship conversations...

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Energetic Tipp leave 14-man Waterford on Munster brink

Another afternoon of liquid wristwork and fluid movement from Tipperary yesterday put Waterford to the sword with commendable economy.

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Fanning: We can let it peter out or fight for our lives

Waterford manager Paraic Fanning said his side’s burst after half-time “got them back into the game” before Tipperary took over in the third quarter. ...

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The next sports column promises to be better

“The column is where the stars of the 20th-century sports page usually conducted their business, and even with longform now in flower, there are still those ...

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Tipperary ease to win leaving Deise on brink of Munster Championship exit

Jason Forde hit 1-9 as Tipperary shook off a sluggish mid-game spell to leave 14-man Waterford on the brink of a Munster Championship exit.

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Matching Tipp’s intensity key for Fanning’s Waterford

Waterford boss Paraic Fanning says matching Tipperary’s intensity is the first item on his side’s agenda in tomorrow’s Munster SHC clash in Semple ...

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Hurling hands: No. 1 Ken McGrath - 'My left index finger won’t bend all the way down'

In the first of a Championship series, hurlers chat about their hands and the injuries sustained in the service of club and county. First up is Waterford legend, ...

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John Kiely: The appetite and hunger still there

Limerick hurling boss John Kiely is focused on this weekend’s clash with Cork but he also acknowledges his side face a different challenge this year as All ...

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Five observations on the opening weekend of Championship

Michael Moynihan picks out five notable observations as Tipperary, Clare, Kilkenny, and Galway started their All-Ireland Hurling Championship campaigns with wins.

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Second goal was a killer blow, admits Cork boss Meyler

Cork manager John Meyler paid tribute to Tipperary yesterday after the Premier County’s victory in Páirc Ui Chaoimh, picking out their “clinical” ...

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Let’s keep all sports teams out of the Áras

Now that the championship has kicked off, or thrown in, in earnest you can almost hear people thinking about the All-Ireland final. Winners. Losers. And most of ...

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Little cause for Cork optimism after fluid Tipp enchant in the Park

Explain Cork-Tipperary in thirty words or less? Or even 1,200 words or less?

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Harnedy: They fixed only thing wrong with new format

The new provincial hurling championships have a strong advocate in Cork hurling captain Seamus Harnedy, even if he admits now that he was “sceptical enough ...

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Waterford embracing the green, green grass of home

The last time there was a big Munster senior hurling championship game in Waterford, back in 1996, Ken McGrath was still a minor.

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Championship is the true Game of Thrones

In the age of prestige television, the GAA championship plays perfectly to the script.

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Sheedy: The boys are ready to leave it all out on the pitch

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy acknowledges that the county supporters have sometimes “questioned our work ethic”, stressing the need for that attribute ...

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Famous names reunite for charity match

Last night in Youghal could have been 2002, or 2004. Or 2007. Or 2010. Cork and Waterford were facing off in hurling once again, with all the chips on the table.

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Challenges for rural clubs set to continue

Last week I shamelessly exploited my corner here to publicise GAA Eile, the TV series which started last Monday and continues this evening on RTÉ One at 8.30pm. ...

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Surface tension fails to dampen blast in Malahide

The car park in Malahide Castle yesterday morning was the early indicator.

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From the States to Shanagarry: a sporting life less ordinary

Where to start with Maurice Walsh?

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‘Look at how Barcelona move the ball... hurling’s like that at the moment’

Cork senior hurling manager John Meyler is looking forward to his side’s Munster championship opener in Pairc Ui Chaoimh — and hoping the post-match ...

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Donnelly confident Páirc Ui Chaoimh will be ready

The Munster Council is confident that Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be fit for purpose for the opening round of the Munster senior hurling championship between ...

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The small details shaping hurling’s bigger picture

Standing on the sideline with the Kilkenny senior team gave Martin Fogarty a close-up view of the bright lights and the biggest days. Now he’s national hurling ...

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Best and worst of the GAA in one Donegal club

Tonight on RTÉ you can see the first episode of GAA Eile, a series on Gaelic games that your columnist — full disclosure — worked on.

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Connors: Inter-county is now an eight-year career

How long can a county player give his county nowadays? Waterford hurling captain Noel Connors is inclined to think that eight years is becoming the cut-off point.

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Tiger Woods the personification of dislocation

Tiger, eh? I have to confess I didn’t echo the calls for his canonisation last weekend. I’m not a golf man, for one thing, and I find Tiger Woods a fair ...

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Close battles ends with one goal victory for Bandon

An old-fashioned Cork senior championship clash in Clonakilty yesterday, with Bandon holding out for a terrific win over Newcestown after a closely-fought battle.

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Devastating first-half sees Sarsfields put away Kanturk in SHC round 1 game

This Cork senior hurling championship round 1 game didn’t survive to half-time as a contest, with a vastly experienced Sarsfields side putting away Kanturk ...

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The success of Munster rugby isn’t confined to the biggest stages

Bandon RFC picked up an All-Ireland title at U16 level last weekend.

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The success of Munster rugby isn't confined to the biggest stages

Bandon RFC picked up an All-Ireland title at U16 level last weekend. Such glory days are becoming a bit of a habit, says club president Dan Murphy.

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Five games to savour ahead of a Cork hurling weekend

Michael Moynihan looks ahead to five intriguing games taking place this Easter weekend.

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Fanning would have fought for Walsh Park last year

Waterford hurling manager Páraic Fanning said yesterday he would have been “very disappointed, gutted really” if his side had been denied the ...

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Dalo tips O’Carroll to return to Dublin football fold

Former Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly has not ruled out an inter-county recall for Rory O’Carroll — for the Dublin footballers.

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Life after the Morning of the Long Pause

The infamous FAI hearing at the sport and transport committee of April 2019, since known as the Morning of the Long Pause, marked a turning point in the fortunes ...

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Hurling in the hinterlands of the tradition

Before the GAA championship begins, a cautionary tale.

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'The whole mentality has changed — people realise that you have to enjoy yourself to perform'

Last weekend, Limerick’s Shane Dowling nudged David Dempsey as the National Hurling League final unfurled before them.

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John Kiely: ‘You’re either up there, at it, or you’re not’

Limerick manager John Kiely finally got to see Aaron Gillane’s instinctive Allianz Hurling League final goal last Sunday evening.

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Limerick march into summer with ambition unchecked

A league final in keeping with the league itself, then.

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Rise of sport really wasn’t inevitable

People often ask me why I recommend books in the corner of this page, and I have some stock responses.

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The cycling guru putting wheels in motion for Waterford hurling

Waterford made it to Sunday's Allianz Hurling League final the hard way.

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Season contains echoes of Limerick’s last league title

Limerick face into this Sunday’s NHL final in good fettle.

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GAA 'comes together when someone's in need': Cork and Cats join forces for Kieran O’Connor fundraiser

The warmest round of applause on Leeside ever for a Kilkenny team? Considering the context, the sincerity of the welcome was no surprise.

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We want to just go out and win everything, says Byrnes

Limerick’s Diarmaid Byrnes insists qualifying for the Allianz Hurling League final — a first since 2006 — hadn’t been part of a grand plan ...

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Cork and Cats to clash in aid of O’Connor drive

The senior hurlers of Cork and Kilkenny form part of an inviting double-header Wednesday evening at Páirc Uí Rinn in aid of the Friends of Kieran O’Connor ...

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Limerick’s blend of power and poise prevails

The distance from the headline to the small print was sketched out efficiently yesterday in Nowlan Park.

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You could always blame the headphones

I see the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held a couple of weeks ago at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Another Croke Park date for John Kiely and Limerick to savour

Limerick manager John Kiely paid tribute to his panel yesterday for maintaining their standards since winning last year’s All-Ireland success, saying “all ...

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