Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Gaelic football badly needs some sleeping giants to roar

Last month before his current charges Fermanagh played his native Down in a Dr McKenna Cup game, Pete McGrath gave a revealing insight into the Down psyche.

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KIERAN SHANNON: League's early season promise all too often fades into late season despair

Chris Mannix: Well, like I said friend, you got me at a bit of a disadvantage.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Why minnows see league as the measure of success

Finally, someone else said it.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Hard road still lies ahead for Craig Breen

The focus. The obsession. The memory of a fallen friend. All these reasons and more have seen Craig Breen blaze through the grades to make it to the World Rally Championship proper — rallying’s Formula One, its NBA — the first driver from the Republic to make it to that level...

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KIERAN SHANNON: Why progressive Dublin footballers are truly the GAA’s worst evil

A few months before Bryan Cullen would become the first Dublin man in 16 years to lift Sam Maguire, the then director of football operations at Chelsea, Mike Forde, spoke at a conference in Liverpool about a bit of a continuing professional development tour he took in on Stateside.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Six foot 10 Conor Grace says: 'Yes, I play basketball'

At 6 ft 10, Conor Grace stands out. Not because he’s Steph Curry’s old college buddy at Davidson. Or that he’s survived the flares and fanaticism that characterise Greek basketball. Or played in the mad heat of Malaysia where the owners were even madder. But because he’s been out there, making his way not as Tom Grace’s son, but as an achiever in his own right

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KIERAN SHANNON: Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors show how playing with joy can bring success

Steph Curry might be small in stature for a basketball player, but the staggering success he and the Golden State Warriors have achieved under coach Steve Kerr can serve as an inspiration to all teams, reports Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: World’s big enough for GAA to look beyond Dubai

The other day as images of a towering inferno in Dubai appeared on our screens, our immediate response and fear wasn’t just that there was likely to be casualties in the blaze; some were bound to be Irish.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Can we believe in another miracle of the English midlands?

In the publicity for the recent film and book I Believe in Miracles, the author Daniel Taylor regularly opted for a certain comparison to help people grasp the scale of Brian Clough’s magnificent achievement with Nottingham Forest in the late ‘70s.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Struggling players better off listening to Enda McNulty than Joe Brolly

must be hanging around in the wrong circles.

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KIERAN SHANNON: True to his word, Conor McGregor brought complete performance

For folks above a certain age, trying to understand the phenomenon that is Conor McGregor and the UFC is a lot like to trying to dig young people’s music.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Hurling can take lead and show football way forward

Football’s missed its chance now.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Skill must become the cornerstone of success

All around the country they’re making their plans for next year. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: When it comes to ‘player power’, it’s strictly business

When it comes to players wanting management moved on, there are lot more nuances and paradoxes at play than meets the eyes and headlines.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Leader Brendan Cummins destined to go down Donal Óg Cusack and Davy Fitzgerald route

Last week in a hotel in Ennis, the Clare hurlers were introduced to Dónal Óg Cusack for the first time. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Ed Randolph Interview: Ed and shoulders above the rest

From Florida to Ennistymon, with the divided street of Belfast in between, Ed Randolph has made an impression wherever he pitched up to play basketball. Just like his son, and Republic of Ireland keeper, Darren, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Kobe Bryant now looking the weary wolf as time catches up

It’s as if this is payback for all their years of greatness and hubris.

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