GAA podcast: Dalo was wrong. Emotional Cork. Limerick's Plan B? Tipp back it up. Ref justice

Anthony Daly, Ger Cunningham and TJ Ryan review the weekend's hurling.

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Second Tyrone forward leaves panel over game time

Tyrone forward Lee Brennan has left the county's senior football panel.

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A pitch-invading dog, a pop superstar, and 'box man': The weekend in GAA tweets

Here's our Twitter round-up of the weekend's GAA action...

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Taking that extra second before blowing is key

There are occasions when referees make life difficult for themselves and yesterday’s first half in the Gaelic Grounds was a prime example of that.

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Cork atone and shut up the doubters (me among them)

I’m sure there are some people out there giving me a share of the credit for Cork’s win yesterday. I’ve no doubt that my comments in my column here on Saturday got Cork riled up big time.

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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 scribes who feel the column’s magnetic pull.

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Is there no Cork native to coach the basics of backplay?

Summer hurling’s opening weekend threw up killer lines.

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The ‘Green Monster’s’ appetite has yet to be sated

Pet Peeve Corner: the GAA and statistics.

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Éamonn Kennedy: 'Hurling is the same game all over the country'

“There are hurlers everywhere,” Éamonn Kennedy stresses.

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Tipp thrived on emotion. Can they back it up?

Ger Cunningham looks at five-weekend watch-outs.

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Rory O’Connor and Wexford keen to make up for lost time

Left idle as the hurling championship kicked into gear last week, it’s not hard to imagine a Wexford side under the care of Davy Fitzgerald straining at the leash to get at Dublin in Parnell Park tomorrow.

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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 Stadium.

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Graham hopes to sprinkle Mullinalaghta magic on Cavan

Mickey Graham spent the informative months of his inter-county managerial career flitting between the home and away changing-rooms in Kingspan Breffni Park.

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Restarts - not reflexes - the key skillset for goalkeepers

DIARMUID O’Sullivan was amongst the first to highlight the significance of Seán O’Donnell in Limerick’s backroom team last year.

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Blue Panther Anton O’Toole did it all with humility

The GAA world yesterday began to pay its respects to Dublin football great Anton O’Toole, 68, following his death after a 15-month battle with cancer.

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Kyle Hayes: Great expectations won’t hinder Limerick

Nine months on and the thrill of the win has yet to wear off.

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The man who prepared the Limerick rocket for moon landing

THE KIERAN SHANNON INTERVIEW: An hour after Declan Hannon lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup last August, Éamonn Cregan phoned another Adare man whose leadership wasn’t so visible. ‘Congratulations. That’s what you started.’ Shane Fitzgibbon may have been a frustrated if well-heralded player, but that would inform him in becoming a brilliant, if unsung coach

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Pete McGrath: The man who led the team that didn’t know how to win an All-Ireland to two All-Irelands

THE DECLAN BOGUE INTERVIEW: Twenty-five years ago, Pete McGrath led Down to their fifth and his second All-Ireland title. A year of rifts and bridge building; of violence and sorrow, of one magnificent match, and of vindication.

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Are these Cork players really playing for the management?

My first championship match as Clare manager in 2004 was my ultimate nightmare. We went into the match as hot favourites but Waterford annihilated us.

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Cork must get ball away from the swarm against Limerick

Donal O’Grady assesses how Cork can counter the All-Ireland champions’ gameplan

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Team news: John Meyler makes four changes as Cork bid to topple Limerick

John Meyler has reacted to Cork’s defeat to Tipperary by making four changes for tomorrow’s Munster SHC Round 2 in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.

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Limerick's Kiely won’t be leaning on home comforts

That home comforts didn’t translate into points in either of last weekend’s Munster SHC games came as little surprise to Limerick manager John Kiely.

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English: Limerick’s energy reserves may prove their Achilles heel

Tipperary legend Nicky English says it’s possible Limerick could ‘fly through’ the entire championship but he will reserve judgement until he sees if they’ve got the energy for a successful All-Ireland defence.

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Munster glory next on Limerick's wishlist

Dan Morrissey was among the thousands of Limerick supporters who took station on the Gaelic Grounds terrace the afternoon of the 2013 Munster hurling final.

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Waterford’s ‘madness’ can thrive within a plan

Business as usual in Kilkenny, Tipp are kidding no-one, but it’s a revision of the best-laid week-one plans for Messrs Meyler, Fanning, and Kenny, says Derek McGrath.

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Remembering PD Mehigan: The GAA’s first commentator

This weekend, some 60 members of the Mehigan family are gathering in the Cork parish of Ardfield.

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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, Ken McGrath.

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Conor Counihan appointed as project co-ordinator for Gaelic football in Cork

Cork’s 2010 All-Ireland SFC winning manager Conor Counihan has been appointed as project co-ordinator for Gaelic football.

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Dublin, Meath, Westmeath and Wicklow join Kilkenny to secure place in knockout stage

Dublin, Meath, Westmeath and Wicklow all secured their place in the knockout stages of the Leinster minor football championship last night, joining Kildare who wrapped up a semi-final spot with their win over Kilkenny on Tuesday evening in Nowlan Park.

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The Midweek Game would give lesser lights chance to shine

When RTÉ began a GAA highlights programme 40 years ago, the title for it was as obvious as its choice of theme tune was inspired

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Learn valuable lessons when out of your comfort zone

There’s a strange feeling that comes over you when you stand on the first tee of a golf course, especially when you’re only a beginner in the game and playing with people you don’t really know.

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One foul swoop and access all areas in peril

On the de facto opening Championship weekend, Greg Kennedy provided a whopper.

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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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Cork chiefs pleased Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch not the story

While events on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch weren’t all that enjoyable for the Cork senior hurling team on Sunday, the quality of the sod itself wasn’t a talking point, much to the relief of county GAA chiefs.

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Dublin to open five-in-a-row bid in Portlaoise

Portlaoise and Tullamore will play host to this year's Leinster Football Championship quarter-finals in a pair of double-headers.

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Dalo's Hurling Podcast: Bubbles baffles Cork, Clare conquer Walsh Park, Dubs rattle cage

Anthony Daly, Ger Cunningham and Michael Moynihan review the hurling weekend.

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'Two tiers is not enough': Joe Brolly says 'cruel' Championship needs to follow ladies football's lead

Joe Brolly has called for a restructuring of the All-Ireland Football Championship involving "at least three tiers".

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‘Tipp football isn’t in a good place, let’s be honest’

Selector Shane Stapleton was the first to raise concerns about the overall state of Tipperary football after their seven-point defeat to Limerick.

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Sheedy: Tipp redemption won’t come in one afternoon

Grounded in reality but brimming with optimism, Liam Sheedy gave a precise snapshot of where his mind is after this opening win.

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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” second goal as the key moment in the game.

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Championship Talking Points: Time for umpires to step up to their jobs

Our writers discuss the major issues from the opening weekend of the hurling championship.

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Fanning: This is not end of Waterford's Munster prospects

Waterford manager Páraic Fanning is adamant their Munster championship campaign is far from over, even though the Déise will likely need points from their remaining three games to finish in the top three.

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Donal Moloney praises returning Clare star Shane O’Donnell

Such was the good form of Donal Moloney at the finish that the Clare joint-manager even had time for a parting joke.

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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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Sheedy didn't go back to Tipp without good reason

With The Sunday Game 40 years old this year, I was asked to pick my highlight for a short clip which was aired during yesterday’s live show from Cork.

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Dublin selector Kennedy’s catch will leave him in hot water

No prizes for guessing where most of this column’s focus is on after this weekend. Nowlan Park was the stage for one of the most unusual moments I’ve seen in a game and it’s no surprise it has most of the country talking.

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Clare selector Coughlan joins chorus for championship change

When the conversation turns to his preferred championship structure, Clare football selector Enda Coughlan quickly shows himself to be at one with the man who drafted him into the county’s backroom team little over a year after he’d hung up his boots.

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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 beforehand” last year.

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Galway awaiting summer return of the Joe Show

The Joe Show, that most popular one-man production which has been enthralling crowds since the middle of the last decade, ain’t running these next two months.

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Demands on young players is phenomenal, says Considine

Young inter-county players making themselves unavailable for club games was an “inevitable” development, according to Cork minor hurling manager John Considine.

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Tipperary's focus on Limerick but eyes stray to summer optimism

Involvement in this summer’s Super 8s is an “optimistic goal” for the Tipperary footballers to harbour, says Conor Sweeney, but to get there, the Premier captain knows they’ll more than likely have to make a Munster final.

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Offaly football still searching for return to glory days

Offaly’s slide from football superpower to forgotten backwater has happened, for the most part, on the fringes of the wider consciousness but the county’s parlous state has been framed in a sharper focus of late.

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Savour every second of the summer wine

At last, the long wait is over. As soon as last year’s championship ended, the pining for the electricity and excitement which super-charged all hurling people, and genuine sports lovers everywhere, had almost begun again. This season seemed like a lifetime away last August but now that the winter and spring and the tedious wait has passed, the championship has almost arrived in a blink.

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Hurling giants have become mere mortals

They once were kings, these two houses both alike in dignity. They had heavy artillery and high explosive and machine guns and sniper rifles and famous generals and crack marksmen and plentiful reserves.

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One new face in Cork line-up for clash with Tipperary

Castlelyons’ Niall O’Leary is the new face in the named Cork team to take on Tipperary in Sunday’s Munster SHC Round 1 clash as John Meyler goes with 13 of the team that were defeated by Limerick in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.

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The Championship Preview: Dalo, Ger Cunningham and Derek McGrath throw it in

An hour of hurling chat with the three former inter-county bosses.

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Last year's Super 8 defeat a 'real eye-opener' for Roscommon

Roscommon captain Enda Smith believes last year’s dire Super 8s showing is not a true reflection of the county’s worth, but did add that the hammerings endured at the hands of Tyrone and Dublin provided a real eye-opener as to the gap that exists to the leading teams.

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The Darby factor: The power of the bench

Finisher. That’s the term managers prefer to use these days when selling and telling a player that they’re not starting the next day but should see action at some point.

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Micheál Donoghue: We had lucky escape in Carlow

Micheál Donoghue knows how Galway’s February draw with Carlow was framed in some quarters.

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