SPORTS COLUMNISTS

PADDY HEANEY: Supporters the real losers as players cast in shadows

In July, my wife fell victim to a serious and chronic addiction. It is said to affect a lot of unsuspecting women at that time of the year.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Stakes high as Joe Schmidt faces biggest decisions of his career

August 31 is a date that has loomed large in Joe Schmidt’s thought process for some time now.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Aidan Desmond delivers Munster title in style

Aidan Desmond was a comprehensive winner over Michael Barry in the Munster Junior C final at Whitechurch on Saturday.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Don’t chase scapegoats: control your own performance

You wouldn’t want to be a camogie referee in Wexford now. Make a wrong call or two in a tight game down there, sorry, but it’s all your fault, the whole thing will have to be played again.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Give referees a TV dig-out if it gets the right decisions

At the behest of a reader and a Kilkenny friend of ours, we took another look at Barry Kelly’s decision to overturn a Tipperary 65 last Sunday week. 

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TONY LEEN: Tyrone test tees Kerry up for September

In North Kerry, they like to pull wins from their bootlaces, so Eamonn Fitzmaurice must have enjoyed yesterday.

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CONOR NEVILLE: Galway can be forgiven a wry smile at Munster woes

There was a time, back in the late 1990s and throughout most of the 2000s, when every Galway defeat was followed by plaintive calls from the vanquished westerners to change the system.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Breaking bread together may break hostilities

Next Friday there’s a lunch being held in Cork to commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest feats in the history of Irish sport, the All-Ireland senior double of 1990 won by the men in red and white.

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TONY MCENTEE: What has Paul Geaney done wrong?

We all love to see great rivalry in sport, a battle between the victor and the vanquished, the goodies and the baddies.

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PAT KEANE: I continue to despair over stewards’ enquiries

We give out about stewards in Ireland on occasions but, do you know what, they are geniuses when compared to those in some other countries.

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PADDY HEANEY: 3 key battles: Sean Cavanagh key to Tyrone’s hopes of upset

Peter Crowley (Kerry) v Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone)

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LIAM MACKEY: Robbie Keane should enjoy cut at Gibraltar

Any of you mathematicians out there fancy decoding this little baby? (Deep breath): 0000011003210002002054031002651206140004.

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LARRY RYAN: Can Coe get a sport back on track?

Coe v Ovett. Unless you were hung up on some British class divide thing, or had a bit of a Brideshead Revisited phobia, you had to be a Coe man, didn’t you?

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Damien Delaney: Asked some relevant questions on his Instagram page.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Delaney asks the real question on future of Irish game

There has been a trend developing in football, or soccer, or whatever you call it yourself, whereby multi-million pound players leaving big clubs for other big clubs tweet or Instagram or communicate in some other new-fangled way their gratitude to the fans and the institution they are leaving behind.

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PM O'SULLIVAN: A sepia tone to O’Shea’s Premier exit

Let us now praise Anthony Cunningham’s nous.

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Tyrone's Conor Meyler is dismayed after referee Marty Duffy shows him a black card in the recent All-Ireland SFC quarter-final againstMonaghan. Picture: Dáire Brennan

DICK CLERKIN: Put physicality back into football

When it come to the physical side there needs to be an acceptance that the lines can be crossed at times without the game being called into disrepute. It’s accepted in hurling, so why not in football, asks Dick Clerkin

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Tiernan McCann

JOHN FOGARTY: McCann penalty was never going to stick

And the prize for most predictable GAA headline of the year goes to “Tiernan McCann avoids eight-week ban”.

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PADDY HEANEY: Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s ability to surprise gives Kerry upper hand

When I think about this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry, it gives me the tingles. 

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