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DONAL O'GRADY: Does hurling in Cork, Offaly, and Wexford need an Emergency Response Unit?

In 2014, the then GAA President, Liam O’Neill established the Hurling 2020 Committee, under the chairmanship of Liam Sheedy, to look at the game and to submit proposals for appropriate change to ensure the improvement of the game over the next 20 years.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Deception is name of the game in inter-county football

In the gathering gloom last Saturday night, small groups of Donegal and Monaghan players congregated in the car park outside Kingspan Breffni Park to shoot the breeze. If Cavan town wasn’t such a traffic logjam, they may have gone separate ways earlier. Yet they seemed pleased to have the chance to chat.

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LIAM BRADY: Where do Ireland go from here?

I found myself caught between pride and disappointment as Ireland exited the Euros at the hands of France on Sunday, says Liam Brady.

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KIERAN SHANNON: GAA must empower officials so we can truly enjoy games

Imagine for a moment no Liam MacCarthy or Sam Maguire Cup presented to a winning captain on a September weekend. Or being kept off the field after a county final in which your club has outscored its opponent after years of you all dreaming of this moment, unable to greet and embrace neighbours and friends, any glorious autumnal homecoming and bonfire put on hold.

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DONAL LENIHAN: So many wins to be quarried from series disappointment

The immediate response on the final whistle at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was one of acute disappointment given Ireland finished this gruelling series camped on the South African line after a 19-phase onslaught in search of what could have been a winning score and a series clincher. It was that tight.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Lyon leaves us questioning the nature of time

So, that Christy Ring Cup final replay... Just kidding. Only one story this morning, let’s be honest.

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O'ISIN MCCONVILLE: Are there Dustin Johnsons in Cork, Mayo or Armagh?

Perhaps for the first time the question is not where to start Aidan O’Shea, but indeed whether to start him or not, writes Oisín McConville.

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PAT KEANE: William Buick outburst a silly move

When it comes to racing, stewards are a much-maligned species, frequently damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

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LIAM MACKEY: New self-belief means it's not just the Ireland fans drawing praise at Euro 2016

They invited the media along to the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Thursday to see the new pitch being laid. They should probably have invited Robbie Brady along and given him the old one to take away and hang on his wall.

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LIAM BRADY: The world will be watching the referee as Ireland bid for glory against France

No-one should write Ireland off as no-hopers in Lyon. The bookies might think that but the game is going to be a lot closer than they imagine.

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LARRY RYAN: Standing up for the big No.9

It should be another special day in Lyon tomorrow. A proud occasion for my people, one we didn’t think would dawn again. A prospect that seemed outlandish four years ago, when we looked entirely out of place on the big stage.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Three areas that'll decide the South African test series

There’s a huge onus on Ireland’s new boys to hold the defensive line, writes Donal Lenihan.

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PAUL ROUSE: USGA penalty pantomime a throwback 130 years

Sometimes things happen in sport that are too surreal even to consider for a work of fiction.

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PM O'SULLIVAN: Hurling’s stodge is soccer’s gain

Twelve counties left, 10 weeks to the All- Ireland Senior Final, one hurling question in neon, writes PM O’Sullivan.

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RONAN O'GARA: French tradition, Irish bottle and the new green wave

The thing with Ireland is they have to get angry, writes Ronan O’Gara

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: A sober moment to see what others think of us

Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy, like so many of the stadia hosting games at these European Championships, is an architectural delight but it earns the appreciation of drivers on the adjacent motorway far more often than the city’s denizens thanks to its location miles out from the ‘centre ville’, writes Brendan O’Brien

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LIAM BRADY: Ireland's win not always pretty, but in the end, it was beautiful

I said here on Wednesday morning that if Ireland put in a performance in Lille, they would be Italy, writes Liam Brady

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Italy's lack of squad depth now clear to Antonio Conte

How much will Ireland’s historic victory affect the way Italy approach their showdown with Spain on Monday?

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JOHN MCHENRY: Rory McIlroy’s priority must be looking after No 1

While it was a statement I suspected was coming for some time, there is no doubt that yesterday’s decision by Rory McIlroy to pull out of the Olympic Games has greatly undermined the efforts of the world’s golfing organisations to re-introduce golf into the games after a 112-year absence.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Time for Irish players to grasp opportunity

It is crucial that the players realise the enormity of what is within their grasp, writes Donal Lenihan.

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LIAM BRADY: If Ireland perform, we will beat this Italian team

Stephen Quinn is a ‘definite option’ to replace James McCarthy or Glenn Whelan in Ireland’s midfield tonight, writes Liam Brady.

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