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KIERAN SHANNON: GAA too self-congratulatory on progress as children still lack action

This week’s column is not about what transpired at the weekend in Thurles, or Croke Park, or Celtic Park either. The setting was one of the thousands of quiet fields that help make the GAA what it is; the event, an U10 camogie blitz featuring five or six neighbouring clubs, one of which my daughter plays for.

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JOHN FOGARTY: 10 facts that haunt the Cork hurlers

Leaving Semple Stadium around 8.30pm on Sunday, the scoreboards at the Killinan and Town Ends still carried news of the day. They in themselves were damning enough of Cork’s performance but when put into context their display becomes a whole lot worse.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Cork lost because of fundamental failures

Tipperary’s superb first touch, commitment, control of the midfield/halfback area and the slick movement up front of John ‘Bubbles’ Dwyer, John McGrath and Seamus Callanan posed massive challenges for Cork on Sunday.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Louis Van Gaal was never going to be a quick fix

A lot has changed in the two years since Manchester United appointed Louis Van Gaal, but one thing has not: The man himself.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Rory McIlroy’s bomb into 16th one of the greatest shots I’ve seen

At times yesterday at the K Club, you might have got the impression Rory McIlroy was annoyed by what the weather was doing to his tournament, but the on-off nature of this Irish Open only added to the drama on a day McIlroy struggled for so long to find the killer punch that would secure him his first title.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The tragic tale of Adrian Doherty - a lost football genius

You may be aware of a new book on the shelves by Oliver Kay about Adrian Doherty, the Northern Ireland youngster who impressed at Manchester United before dying tragically young.

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LARRY RYAN: Cork-Tipperary legend won’t survive many days like this

The day hadn’t decided yet. In Cork, optimism leaked through the curtains early. On Twitter, Jerry Buttimer used new Senate powers to annoint Tipp-Cork the start of summer.

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ANTHONY DALY: Munster championship has to be about more than yesterday’s turn-off

I’ve often wondered about GAA teams’ approach to big games when compared to the marquee rugby sides. The GAA boys tear out of tunnels like they’ve just broken out of prison after being locked up for 20 years. The rugby boys walk out, often holding the hands of mascots, appearing like they’re heading for a tea-party before turning into savages.

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LARRY RYAN: Beware a Cork display of modesty

I can trace, to the hour, when it became evident that the current Cork crisis would cut very deep. But we’ll come back to that.

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ANTHONY DALY: Dónal Óg Cusack was shouting: ‘We are Cork, boy, we are Cork’

Cork teams always had the ability to turn the bookies into fools. They had an arrogance and strut about them. But that swagger is gone for a bit, writes Anthony Daly.

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PAT KEANE: The Gurkha adds further intrigue to Derby picture

Just when we thought it was safe to assume Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old colts were rather ordinary, along came The Gurkha last Sunday to land the French 2000 Guineas by five and a half lengths.

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DONAL O'GRADY: How Tipperary will create space to go for the jugular

A lack of defensive fundamentals, rather than opponents’ creativity, often decides a game. Cork must be robust but flexible at the back in Thurles, writes Donal O’Grady.

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LIAM MACKEY: Cork-born commercial director Ian Flanagan loving Leicester’s champagne season

Ian Flanagan, the Cork-born commercial director of Leicester City, allows himself a chuckle when I put him on the spot. 

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: It’s time Derry stopped playing the blame game

In the seven weeks since their last competitive game (a six points defeat against Armagh), have Derry come up with something that will put Tyrone on the back foot?

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JOHN MCHENRY: Rookies must learn lessons on road from amateur to pro game

It’s a road well-travelled, but the life of a rookie transitioning from the amateur to the professional ranks, like we see with our own Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley this week, is tumultuous at best.

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RONAN O'GARA: You don’t have to lose one first. But maybe it helps.

The Racing 92 physio was in tears in the dressing room in Lyon last Saturday. That was Patrice Boutevin’s third European Cup final loss, and while it’s not nice to see adult men broken up, it’s good he cares so much.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Irish Open: Cream already rising to the top at the K Club

When the K Club was announced as the venue to host this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, my initial thoughts were that it was a wonderful opportunity for another Irish victory on home soil.

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PM O'SULLIVAN: The Ciotóg Side: Tipperary need elbow grease as much as polish against Cork

Here come the hurlers of Cork and Tipperary, peering around the curtain, all but tiptoeing into the limelight.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: There’s no safety net on the managerial merry-go-round

Billy Martin once observed the only sure way for any baseball manager to know whether or not he had been fired was to jump in the car and drive to the stadium, writes Brendan O’Brien.

 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Dubai Duty Free’s successful sponsorship can make Irish Open a marquee draw on European Tour

Dubai Duty Free chief Colm McLoughlin believes there are good times ahead for the Irish Open, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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JOHN MCHENRY: An Irish winner would be the perfect tribute to Christy O’Connor Snr

Rory McIlroy will have returned to Ireland over the past couple of days with a lot on his mind.

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PAUL ROUSE: 'The Hurley Maker’s Son' reveals how hurling is embedded in rhythm of life for some

Larry Deeley was cutting ash trees to make hurleys when he died. It was the end of September 1978. 

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JOHN MCHENRY: Ireland playing its part in a wider European Tour vision

Divide and Conquer is a well recognised method of negotiation, during which one vested party attempts to influence key sympathetic members of the opposition in order to gain control of a bargaining position or of the collective proceedings.

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JOHN FOGARTY: GAA county jerseys have become one big advert

We’re hazarding a guess here, albeit a calculated one, but in the eight years Páraic Duffy has been GAA director general, only one issue has truly angered him. Plenty have frustrated him, mind. For one, the reaction to his discussion paper on payments to managers. Counties’ unwillingness thus far to get on board with the calendar year may be another.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The importance of in-house games in the GAA

Kieran Shannon talks about the in-house game a week out from a championship match, commonly known as As versus Bs.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Sevilla hoping for perfect away day in Basel

Has a team ever lifted a European trophy after going an entire season without winning an away game in their own league?

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