SPORTS COLUMNISTS

LARRY RYAN: GPA making an example of the GAA

As the celebrities of the world stampede one way in cowardly dereliction of responsibility, the county men march heroically against them, their hands up for duty.

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LIAM MACKEY: Tony Cascarino: The Ice Cream Man cometh again

All set for the big one tomorrow? The Super Sunday to beat them all?

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PAT KEANE: Air Force Blue - but only if the price is right!

THE best English 2000 Guineas winner I have seen was El Gran Senor, trained by Vincent O’Brien.

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RUBY WALSH: Limini can put Aintree disappointment behind her

Just the two rides for me again this afternoon, and Limini looks to have the better chance of the two. She was probably a bit disappointing at Aintree, but was too keen for her own good and got found out at the end of the race.

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ANTHONY DALY: Do they sell Panadol tablets under the old stand in Thurles?

The first year I was manager of Clare, our opening championship match took place the week after the league final between Waterford and Galway. 

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RONAN O'GARA: Munster’s support is waiting. It’s frustrated, but it’s there...

That uncomfortable sensation Munster players are experiencing this week has little or nothing to do with a shake-up at management level, writes Ronan O’Gara

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Does high-profile sporting successes on international scale boost interest at lower levels?

There’s no clearly defined way to sporting success, writes  Brendan O’Brien   

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RUBY WALSH: Vroum Vroum Mag looks up to the task at Punchestown

Ups and downs yesterday, but what more can I say about Douvan than he was spectacular. I don’t think I’ve ridden a novice like him, and can’t wait to see him take the next step, writes Ruby Walsh

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PM O'SULLIVAN: A tribute to Tom Hunt: 'The most unusual thing was his ability to see potential in lads nobody else rated'

Children take the world as they find it. Tom Hunt died six weeks ago, on March 18.

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RUBY WALSH: Vedettariat one to note at a big price

Day three of the Punchestown festival, and it has to be said that the conditions at the track over the first couple of days were a credit to the staff at the course. There was a great covering of grass, and it was like a carpet for both days’ racing - it was in unbelievable condition.

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PAUL ROUSE: Fundamental lesson of Hillsborough not learned

And so the disgrace continues.

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RUBY WALSH: Bellshill to go one better

Not the return I had hoped for, yesterday at Punchestown, but we can look forward to this afternoon and hope for better luck. 

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DONAL LENIHAN: Getting Munster out of the red

Musgrave Park has hosted some of the greatest days in the history of Munster rugby. 

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RUBY WALSH: Yorkhill can give me perfect return

It’s great to be back riding in time for the Punchestown Festival. This is my local meeting, I’ve been coming here since the time I used to get days off school to be here, and I love riding at it.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Will Real Madrid's dreams be haunted by Manuel Pellegrini?

Half the Real Madrid side have links with Manchester declared Marca yesterday, as always the voice of Madrid, cranking up the volume about tonight’s match against Manchester City.

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JOHN FOGARTY: If there’s a way to beat Dublin, Éamonn Fitzmaurice will find it

For a while there, the dunes of Banna Strand were threatening to become for Kerry what the hill in Crusheen was for the Clare hurlers in 1995 or the Spartan-esque Bere Island for Cork’s footballers in 2010. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Jim Gavin has developed Project Dublin to another level

To get an idea of just how driven and focused Jim Gavin’s Dublin are to put back-to-back All Ireland titles together, cast your mind back to the first rather than the last game of this year’s national league.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Dublin's financial advantage has echoes in US baseball

Imagine a national sports body at odds with its constituent parts about money.

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TONY LEEN: By any measure, Dublin are yards ahead

Afterwards there were tales of rape and pillage, of drug tests in dungeons. But the 11-point winning margin for Dublin in yesterday’s League Division 1 final is as good a metric as any by which to fire the engines of the summer scrimmage.

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: Kerry invention can counter Dublin’s chameleons

If there was one lesson Kerry learned from their tussles with the Tyrone team of the last decade it was no two games are ever the same against a great rival and in order to come out on the right side of the tie, the game must be played without fear.

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LARRY RYAN: Trampling on the grassroots - How far should elite sport encroach on clubs?

A trip round the primary school circuit lately, to see would anyone take the twins, pulled my handbrake on a Dunphian u-turn.

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LIAM MACKEY: Referees deserve the appliance of science - and so does football

“I got to the age of 29 and got sent off, because a player kicked me and I kicked him back. I tried to get the referee to rescind the decision. The referee stopped me before I could go any further and said ‘if you think you can do any better, have a go yourself’.”

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PAT KEANE: The jury's still out on US Army Ranger, but I remain a believer

Aren’t you just bursting, like me, to see Aidan O’Brien’s once-raced US Army Ranger in action again?

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