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RUBY WALSH: Diakali can defy top weight

Today’s Galway Hurdle is an absolutely cracking race. 

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PADDY HEANEY: Fermanagh betrayed by patronising qualifier system

Futility (noun): Uselessness, meaninglessness, pointlessness, worthlessness, emptiness, aimlessness.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Cian Boyle enjoys Munster success

Cian Boyle significantly enhanced his rising reputation by winning the Munster Junior B final against Pat Callanan at Killumney.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Where does Cork GAA go from here?

By now, you know the cold, hard facts about one of the most jarring weekends for Cork GAA. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Maintaining dual mandate at heart of Cork’s woes

The late, great Johnny Clifford had a handy expression for occasions like these.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Time for Cork’s backseat drivers to change direction

It was a small thing but it told us a lot.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Cork forced to resort to hit and hope

If Cork fans were told before the game that Galway would strike 23 wides to seven for the Rebels, they would have rubbed their hands in anticipation.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: David Murphy magic secures Munster title

David Murphy is Munster senior bowling champion, after a brilliant second-half display against Gary Daly, on the historic Masseytown Road, in Macroom, yesterday.

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ANTHONY DALY: Galway saying to themselves: Why not us this year? And it could be

My day got off to a bad start. The Limerick minors were beaten by Galway. It was disappointing but we could have no real complaints. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Women’s sport in spotlight for wrong reasons

A week in the life of women and sport, eh?

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PAT KEANE: Figaro looks up to the task in Bumper at Galway on Monday

It will be mildly surprising should Dermot Weld totally dominate Galway next week in the way he has done many times in the past.

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LARRY RYAN: Saddled with a history of deceit

To gauge where cycling is at now, to establish how deep it is in the mire, it may be necessary to hold a stage of the Tour de France in front of a Late Late Show studio audience. 

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LIAM MACKEY: Irish clubs feel the pain of leaving the eurozone

Is there a handy Grexit-style word out there to sum up Irish football’s departure from Europe this week?

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ANTHONY DALY: Will the real Galway stand up?

Traditionally, a bit of a crew from Clarecastle always go to Galway for the Monday of race week — when hurling and life allows, of course — which often seems to coincide with another Galway hurling post-mortem.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Dublin must target Kevin Moran, the Waterford Braveheart

Waterford weren’t as sharp against Tipp as they were earlier in the spring. They’re training since last autumn. Fatigue can surreptitiously seep into a losing dressing room.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: TG4 shows how to get ahead in advertising game

There have been all sorts of gloomy predictions about the fate of the advertising industry in a modern world where nobody can be bothered sitting through a 30-second ad on a smart phone or tablet, never mind the five interminable minutes it takes for a TV break.

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