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LARRY RYAN: Game that fought the law

Hendrix opening for The Monkees in ‘67.

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PAT KEANE: Jim Bolger hasn’t half stood the test of time

Watching Jim Bolger’s Smash Williams streaking away with a Group 3 at the Curragh last Sunday, it struck me that here is a man who hasn’t half stood the test of time.

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LIAM MACKEY: Once in a lifetime chances

You are witness to an unprecedented experiment in sports journalism here this morning — if not quite a match report written before the match then something not too far off it.

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: Where Dublin dissented, Mayo delivered...

One of the most surprising aspects of last weekend’s drawn All-Ireland semi-final wasn’t so much that Dublin were reeled in when seven points up with over an hour gone, but that they still appear to be carrying the scars of last year’s semi- final defeat to Donegal.

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ANTHONY DALY: Shouldn’t Government make this a Bank Holiday weekend?

On Thursday, Stephen Sheedy and I went up to Athenry to have a look at the greyhounds and drop off a few tickets to Gerry Holian.

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PM O'SULLIVAN: Kerrymen in Kilkenny - winners in life

Christy Walsh has always known the spice of contrast, different strokes for different places.

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Dublin keeper Stephen Cluxton is tackledby Mayo's Aidan O'Shea during last week'sAll-Ireland SFC semi-final in Croke Park.

DICK CLERKIN: Hitting back on behalf of the imperfect wonder that is the Championship

It would be easy to jump on the negativity bandwagon and take a pop at any one of the easy pickings in the aftermath of the drawn All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Mayo.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Ireland crying out for invention so it is time to be bold

If modern sport has taught us anything it could be the maxim more doesn’t always mean better. In terms of quality, that is, not money. Sport being the global mega-business it is means the urge to expand is just as inherent and relentless as in every other branch of capitalism, but it is rarely a case of everyone being a winner.

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DRIFTER: Might Galway's Joe Canning turn Kilkenny's plans upside down by drifting outfield to marshal Richie Hogan in the All-Irelandhurling final in Croke Park on Sunday?

PM O'SULLIVAN: Great minds in endless quest to crack Cats’ code

A summer entertainment has been observing Dónal Óg Cusack and Liam Sheedy conduct an Open University course ‘How To Beat Kilkenny’ on The Sunday Game.

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PADDY HEANEY: Failed by flawed disciplinary system

“Lost my appeal to the red card I got in club game. Irony: any appeal I’ve won in the past I was as guilty as sin. The one time I’m innocent, I lose.” - Eamon McGee @EamonMcGee

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PM O'SULLIVAN: Heroes and heartbreak haunt Septembers with Galway

If hurling is your thing, All-Irelands measure life.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Gary Daly wins thrilling Denis McGarry final battle

Gary Daly reversed his Munster senior final defeat by beating David Murphy in the last shot of a thrilling Denis McGarry Cup final at Whitechurch .

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DONAL LENIHAN: Will Joe Schmidt’s bold approach pay?

Joe Schmidt has never been one to shirk the difficult decisions. If anything, he has a reputation for being direct and letting players know exactly where they stand and what is expected of them.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Diarmuid Connolly’s ban must stick for GAA’s sake

September dawns and the GAA’s disciplinary system finds itself occupied in a month in which it is usually dormant.

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KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time Cork's kingmaker also makes way

So, the king’s tenure is dead — though long live JBM. Above all, long lives the kingmaker.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Time catching up with days of the GAA dual star

Over the weekend Jimmy Barry-Murphy made the headlines, stepping down as Cork senior hurling manager. It was his second time in the limelight in less than a week, as he was made a member of the GAA Hall of Fame a few days ago.

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TONY MCENTEE: Dublin do a Jean van de Velde

What has Phil Mickelson at Winged Foot, the Boston Red Sox in 1978 and Jean van de Velde at the 1999 British Open got in common with this Dublin team?

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CONOR NEVILLE: The lazy Mayo ‘bottler’ charge holds no water

While rumination on the efficacy of curses is no longer regarded as cutting edge analysis, slightly more respectable is the idea Mayo are labouring under some fatal psychological flaw that is continually preventing them from reaching the mountain top. What else explains seven successive All-Ireland defeats?

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DARA O'CINNEIDE: About time Mayo found a way to win a big one

An old joke much beloved of science students from a past life of mine: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.

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PAT KEANE: Dark clouds gather over Ballydoyle

So, the rumours that were rife for weeks, regarding Aidan O’Brien’s future at Ballydoyle, finally found their way into the media over the last seven days or so.

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LIAM MACKEY: Back on rocky road to the Euros

Ahead of the resumption of European Championship qualifying with the game against Gibraltar in Faro on Friday, the Irish team will get its first taste of its new training base when they commence preparations at Abbotstown on Monday morning.

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LARRY RYAN: Gilesy applies spirit level to United

Many people were agitated on Wednesday evening, but to many others there was great comfort on offer on RTE 2.

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JOHN FOGARTY: The best of enemies: 10 moments that made the Dublin-Mayo rivalry sizzle

As Conor Mortimer said earlier this week, the needle between Dublin and Mayo started back in 2006 with Warm-up-gate.

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