Donal O'Grady - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL O'GRADY: Big call by Brian Cody but Kilkenny’s own odd couple proves a winning combination

We were treated to two fantastic games over the weekend and all involved — players, management, and officials — deserve our deepest gratitude. 

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DONAL O'GRADY: Galway must collapse Tipperary’s defensive pillars

Tipp waltzed through Munster, overwhelming each opposition. It was ‘Blitzkrieg’ Tipp-style, reminiscent of the play of their great team of the sixties.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford hurlers can’t fall prey to ‘hawks’ of Kilkenny again

It is said you learn something new every day. Last Sunday, after the stadium emptied, I saw a Harris hawk — parabuteo unicinctus — for the first time.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford must be proactive to inconvenience settled Kilkenny

At this stage everyone knows what you get with Kilkenny. 

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DONAL O'GRADY: Fired-up Galway shut down Clare and classy Joe Canning moved in for kill

I wrote last Saturday that players are strongly motivated by comments which call their personal courage into question.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford’s wastefulness will worry Derek McGrath

Before this game, I wondered how Waterford would approach it. They had based their success over the last two seasons on a tight defence. In the Munster final, shortcomings under the high ball were exposed.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford will need aerial defences ready for blitz

Waterford will need to nullify the presence of Lee Chin in the middle to stand a chance of victory tomorrow, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Sensible proposals now need backing and finance

All counties are now required to have five-year development plans but I believe — and I’m open to correction Lennon this is the first time a discussion document on future planning has been produced by the Cork coaching officer.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Forget the blame game and get Cork hurling into intensive care

This was a well-deserved win for Wexford and manager Liam Dunne. It was built on workrate and on playing to their strengths.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Quarterback Noel McGrath must be Tipperary’s focal point

Waterford’s system is most efficient when they build up a lead so Tipp manager Michael Ryan will look for a fast start in tomorrow’s Munster final.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Galway suffer breakdown of first principles

When Galway manager Micheál Donoghue sits down to review the DVD of the Leinster final, he should concentrate on the 10-minute period after half-time. 

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DONAL O'GRADY: Dublin will be targeting an early knockout against Cork

Cork must bypass Dublin centre-back Liam Rushe, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Does hurling in Cork, Offaly, and Wexford need an Emergency Response Unit?

In 2014, the then GAA President, Liam O’Neill established the Hurling 2020 Committee, under the chairmanship of Liam Sheedy, to look at the game and to submit proposals for appropriate change to ensure the improvement of the game over the next 20 years.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Hard to see chinks in the Kilkenny armour

All the protagonists for this year’s All-Ireland have dipped their toes in the water at this stage.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Tactical masterclass reveals Waterford had Clare well ‘taped’

There comes a time in most games when a little incident is the catalyst for the final shift in momentum for one team.

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