SPORTS COLUMNISTS

KIERAN SHANNON: Killarney 2015 could be historical watershed for Cork football

Before getting into how both Cork and Kerry will be better for last Sunday, let’s start by acknowledging and appreciating that Cork-Kerry itself has hardly been better than last Sunday.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Time taken for free kicks highlights need for hooter in GAA

“To rock up” is one of those great new verbs. It came to mind watching Bryan Sheehan approach each of the five frees he kicked on Sunday.

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ANTHONY DALY: Who said Kilkenny don’t do tactics?

Who said Kilkenny don’t do tactics?

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TONY MCENTEE: Kick pass is a skill Cork will need for forward impetus

This Munster final was always going to be different, well certainly since one former Kerry player predicted a lack of leadership in the Cork team. Little did he realise that the leadership deficits would be with his native county.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Second half leaves JBM with much to do but little time to do it

The sun shone but there had been a significant breeze all day. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Boring boors who bash women’s game miss the point

Amanda Marcotte of the online magazine Slate did the state some service recently when pinpointing a flaw or two in the admittedly tired criticism of the Women’s World Cup, which was running over the past few weeks.

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PAT KEANE: Trainers running horses back too quickly after Royal Ascot

What have Dermot Weld, Jim Bolger and Aidan O’Brien in common, besides the fact they are three of the best trainers in the world?

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DONAL O'GRADY: All or nothing as reality bites in qualifiers

There’s great excitement. You’ve got the call. You’re appearing on "Reality Bainisteoir", a programme running in conjunction with the championship.

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LARRY RYAN: Talking tennis a BBC smash

Another week when we could only be inspired by the breadth of vision shown by sporting luminaries in the constant quest for improvement.

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ANTHONY DALY: You can almost smell Kilkenny’s belief

In Nowlan Park two weeks ago, there was a sense in the air that you could nearly touch, that Kilkennyism, that fireproof security in themselves and their team, an attitude that said, ‘Ah, they’re all on about Tipperary, Galway and Waterford, it doesn’t matter who we’ve lost, we’ll take down any one of them’.

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PADDY HEANEY: Who is the most complete footballer you have seen?

After a recent game in Markievicz Park, I was introduced to one of those footballing gurus that you meet from time to time.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Michael Bohane meets Raymond Ryan in Munster decider

Michael Bohane will play Raymond Ryan in next Sunday’s Munster Intermediate final at Lyre.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Westmeath victory finally brings sizzle to GAA summer

Well that was good for the soul, and good for the championship.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Managing Cork and fickle fans can make you cynical creature

An old religion teacher of ours sure knew how to make an introduction. 

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