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PADDY HEANEY: It’s not the jersey that counts, it’s the man wearing it

A few weeks ago our club, Watty Graham’s Glen, received a request from the St Vincent’s club in Dublin.

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EADING ROLE: Munster will have to be vigilant of the attacking threat posed by Toulon's Delon Armitage, centre,  in Sunday's Heineken Cup semi-final. Picture: Getty Images

DONAL LENIHAN: Life to get tougher for Irish raiders

In a market that is set to become even more competitive given increased revenues from their domestic and European broadcast deals, the English and French clubs are set to make life a lot more difficult for the Irish provinces.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Reaching the finish line a year later

Brian Sugrue didn’t shed a tear on Boylston Street on Monday afternoon. Not like he thought he would.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Creedon edges terrific joust with Sexton

John Creedon won a terrific joust with Edmond Sexton in the Munster senior championship at Templemartin on Sunday.

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DERVAL OROURKE: Sydney proof that failure doesn’t have to be the end

Last week I was in an audience listening to Sonia O’Sullivan discuss her Olympic silver medal.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Moyes damned as soon as he relinquished United’s identity

We wanted it to work out for David Moyes.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Do United need Van Gaal’s killer instinct?

Should Manchester United look abroad to replace David Moyes, who are the best potential candidates?

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JOHN FOGARTY: Limerick hit self-destruct button again

There has been no shortage of sympathy for Limerick hurling in this column.

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TONY CONSIDINE: King Henry the shining star as counties get feel for summer fare

On the way to the Gaelic Grounds yesterday, the fine weather, fellas having tea and sandwiches from the boot of the car, it made you crave for summer hurling.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Duffy criticism over Sky is unfair

I haven’t written about the Sky-GAA deal yet but brace yourself now, because I really feel I have to.

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DOWN IN DISTANCE: The drop back in trip should play to the strengths of Ballycasey, who ran out of stamina in the RSA.

RUBY WALSH: Two and a half miles ideal for Ballycasey<

Well, I’m not a million miles away from swinging back into action and it is now a case of all guns blazing for the Punchestown festival.

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MOUTHWATERING PROSPECT: If Australia (pictured) and Kingman both turn up for next month's Newmarket 2000 Guineas, it could be a clash to remember.

PAT KEANE: Let’s hope the battle of the juggernauts comes to fruition

Those who love flat racing, and there are plenty of us, can only pray that Kingman and Australia take each other on in the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, May 3.

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Conor McGrath tries to get past Tipperary's Paddy Stapleton and Shane McGrath in last month's Allianz Hurling League clash. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

ENDA MCEVOY: Tipp’s first task is to protect their net

“You knew what he was going to do. You just couldn’t stop him doing it.”

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Joe Canning: Returns to the Galway team for meeting with Kilkenny.

TONY CONSIDINE: Last four must give us a taste of summer

Kilkenny and Clare should hold sway

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LIAM MACKEY: A nation in denial has little support

Having rocked them in the Dáil, as the Sawdoctors had it, Michael D certainly rocked them in the Guildhall, and beyond, when he announced during his visit to London that he would be supporting England at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez

KEITH ANDREWS: Martinez has Toffees’ Irish crew ticking

Everton hosting Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday was always going to be a tough game for the Toffees, as their opponents had won three on the bounce and surged from relegation candidates to relative mid-table safety under the guidance of the experienced Tony Pulis.

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LARRY RYAN: Gerrard calm admirable as expectant city awaits glory

“This does not fucking slip now.” Steven Gerrard’s huddle — the inspirational moment that will define an unlikely triumph? Or an ominous poke from the finger of fear?

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: A small country thinking we’re in the big leagues

Sitting down with Aidan O’Shea in Croke Park earlier this week, it was impossible to avoid the contrast between the words escaping the Mayo footballer’s mouth and what was transpiring just across the River Liffey in Leinster House, where Paraic Duffy and Liam O’Neill were appearing before an Oireachtas committee.

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WHITE AND BLUE: Tony Browne feels the strain after a narrow defeat to Kilkenny in July 2013, at Semple Stadium. Picture: Stephen McCarthy

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Browne: Often challenged, never mastered

It was four years ago when Tony Browne sat down with this writer for a long chat about his passion.

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The punditry game has been taken to a new level since Sky have teamed Gary Neville, pictured, and Jamie Carragher together.

DONAL OG CUSACK: Pundits must delve much deeper to provide real insight into our games

Last week in Newcestown, the forward caught me with a decent enough belt, to be fair to him.

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Josh Strauss scores Glasgow's third try on Saturday last despite the efforts of Munster's Donncha O'Callaghan. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

RONAN OGARA: JJ crucial to Munster hopes

Munster fans will probably be unhappy with the defeat to Glasgow last weekend, but I wouldn’t be too downhearted about that.

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PADDY HEANEY: A long journey but Lynch now fulfilling promise with Derry

Before coaching became such an integral part of football, the best managers were essentially natural-born sports psychologists.

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