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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: David Murphy secures All-Ireland road bowling glory again

David Murphy is back on top of the bowling world after winning his second All-Ireland senior title, for just under €50,000, with almost two shots to spare on Ulster’s Thomas Mackle at Port Mór-Blackwatertown on Sunday.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Kerry versus Dublin: Who is the form team?

So will Kerry be deigned an unstoppable juggernaut, the phrase so often ascribed to Dublin, after matching on Sunday their rival’s 28-point record-winning margin for the 2015 championship?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Who needs snow to host a Winter Games?

The Olympic movement, which now seems to be vying with the oily creeps of FIFA in a race for irrelevance, took a pretty substantial lead in that particular headlong rush a few days ago.

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TONY LEEN: James O’Donoghue’s shoulder woe has Kerry fretting again

There was no delay. Darran O’Sullivan and Gooch were still razing Kildare on Jones Road as Kerry’s medical team got to work on the James O’Donoghue rehab strategy.

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TONY MCENTEE: What’s wrong with giving us a peek inside the mind of a player?

"Why did 58,000 people turn up today, Bishop?" we wondered out loud after yesterday’s quarter-finals at Croke Park.

 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: A deepening crisis on Leeside

When the playwright Tom Murphy wrote A Crucial Week In The Life Of A Grocer’s Assistant, he might have been a bit previous in choosing his subject.

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LIAM MACKEY: An oasis of footballing insanity

Back in 1990, when I’d just started out on the full-time football-writing beat, I happened to find myself in the old FAI headquarters on Merrion Square one evening in the company of various officials, guests and media folk.

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LARRY RYAN: Don’t ever give up on Corkness

Listening to the Cork lads as the great inquest drags on, more melancholic by the day, you can’t help but feel a small bit sorry for them.

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PAT KEANE: Galway Plate aftermath was a couple of minutes of TV gold

It was, at least from a racing point of view, a magnificent couple of minutes of television. It happened on RTÉ on Wednesday, in the aftermath of Jonathan Burke guiding Shanahan’s Turn to a memorable success in the Galway Plate.

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RUBY WALSH: Diakali can defy top weight

Today’s Galway Hurdle is an absolutely cracking race. 

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PADDY HEANEY: Fermanagh betrayed by patronising qualifier system

Futility (noun): Uselessness, meaninglessness, pointlessness, worthlessness, emptiness, aimlessness.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Cian Boyle enjoys Munster success

Cian Boyle significantly enhanced his rising reputation by winning the Munster Junior B final against Pat Callanan at Killumney.

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