Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: GAA must empower officials so we can truly enjoy games

Imagine for a moment no Liam MacCarthy or Sam Maguire Cup presented to a winning captain on a September weekend. Or being kept off the field after a county final in which your club has outscored its opponent after years of you all dreaming of this moment, unable to greet and embrace neighbours and friends, any glorious autumnal homecoming and bonfire put on hold.

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KIERAN SHANNON: A lesson for nice guy Shane Lowry — you just have to get fitter

Everyone loves Shane Lowry. He’s not just one of us in that he’s Irish. He’s one of us in that he loves his GAA, he seems as if he’d be more at home in your local than some highlife nightclub; the kind of fella you’d love to have a pint with, all the more because he comes across as the kind who’d be all on for having that pint with you as well.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Muhammad Ali one of the few greats who can truly claim iconic status

It’s as if this year, the 24-hour channels have effectively turned into around-the-clock tribute-obituary shows.

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KIERAN SHANNON: GAA clubs could do with mindset change rather than moan about 'inactivity'

If you want to play to the galleries at this time of the year, then get out the violin and play a lament for the club. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: GAA too self-congratulatory on progress as children still lack action

This week’s column is not about what transpired at the weekend in Thurles, or Croke Park, or Celtic Park either. The setting was one of the thousands of quiet fields that help make the GAA what it is; the event, an U10 camogie blitz featuring five or six neighbouring clubs, one of which my daughter plays for.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The importance of in-house games in the GAA

Kieran Shannon talks about the in-house game a week out from a championship match, commonly known as As versus Bs.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Relegation might just be secret to long-term success

It would seem that if you were to come up with a two-year plan to win the national league, then get relegated in year one.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Cork goalkeeper Anthony Casey shows why last man standing is also the bravest

He had no idea just how right he’d be.

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KIERAN SHANNON: A day in the sun Mayo badly needed

Well, wasn’t that just mighty for the heart and the soul?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Jim Gavin has developed Project Dublin to another level

To get an idea of just how driven and focused Jim Gavin’s Dublin are to put back-to-back All Ireland titles together, cast your mind back to the first rather than the last game of this year’s national league.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Munster must do more than just stand up and fight

Well, is this what they had in mind when they talked about a return to old values?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Finding the real storylines behind the 2016 GAA league season

There’s hardly another GAA weekend like it for stirring so many permutations and palpitations... and exaggerations.

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