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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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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Being there all the way quite the challenge

The GAA line you’ve heard and seen all summer is a simple one.

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LARRY RYAN: Dreams shouldn’t be make believe

It’s a dream come true.

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LIAM MACKEY: The shadow of a caveman

Pope Francis is, or rather was, well known as a football man and, in particular, as a committed supporter of the San Lorenzo club in his native Argentina, so it rather came as a shock when he recently confessed that he had never seen his fellow countryman Lionel Messi in action.

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PAT KEANE: With Aidan O’Brien just about anything is possible

Recently, in the Racing Post, Tom Segal described Aidan O’Brien as "the best flat trainer in my lifetime.’’

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A fitting tribute for Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle, near the Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: VIDEO: They wept for a departed friend: Farewell Jimmy Doyle

THURLES, but not as we know it.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Pack down for long hard rugby road ahead

SO, how was your summer?

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: O’Donovan produces finishing flourish to snatch win at Templemartin

James O’Donovan finished with five brilliant bowls at Templemartin to dethrone All-Ireland senior champion Aidan Murphy in the Munster quarter-final on Sunday.

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PADDY HEANEY: Football’s not what it was. Really?

Before a table quiz at our club got underway last year, quizmaster John Otterson kept everyone entertained with some archive footage.

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JOHN FOGARTY: GAA must stop comparing codes – they’re a whole different ball game

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is an avid GAA fan. He is also the Minister of State for Equality among other titles. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Martin O’Neill scoring an own goal by keeping players in dark

It’s off, in ways we wouldn’t have expected under a manager of Martin O’Neill’s standing.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Weekend routs show it’s time for open draw

That was, without doubt, the worst weekend of hurling in a very, very long time.

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