Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Kerry legend Mick O’Connell truly a footballer for all time

The timing was just right. Yesterday when Mick O’Connell was honoured in a Killarney hotel for his contribution to Irish sport, the great man himself stoically pointed out it would be one of the last such events that he’ll be so honoured; as sprightly and as lithe-framed as he remains, Mick O’Connell at 79 has seen too many old team-mates “leave us” to know that even for a footballing immortal like him, there are only so many times even he’ll be feted in his time among us.

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KIERAN SHANNON: There’s more than meets the eye to this GAA-GPA deal

Just who did they speak to when they decided who they were speaking for?

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KIERAN SHANNON: 2016 Gaelic football season has had its share of shocks and romance

He just may be the most realistic dreamer or the most idealistic realist in Gaelic football.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Let’s not ignore positive elements of football

For those of you who initially thought last Sunday’s Ulster final was another desecration of what was once known as Gaelic football, a question — name a game in recent memory in which both teams helped serve up a greater number of exceptional long-range points than what Tyrone and Donegal did in Clones?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Open the curtains, matters are brightening up in the football championship

Hey, it’s actually got quite interesting the last few weeks, hasn’t it? In fact, it’s been rather decent, don’t you agree? You weren’t exactly expecting us or anyone else to be saying that about the 2016 football championship, were you?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Conor McGregor ‘buzzing’ as John Kavanagh perfects preparation for Nate Diaz return

Coach John Kavanagh feels Conor McGregor took his foot off the pedal after the win, writes Kieran Shannon

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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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