Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Can anyone catch the mighty Dublin?

Such supremacy is as a measure of the GAA’s negligence as it is of Dublin’s exemplary management, from John Costello to Jim Gavin, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’

As the familiar scene played out – Stephen Cluxton and the Dubs going up the steps of the Hogan Stand while below on the field Mayo men gazed disbelievingly once again into the distance – neutrals above in the press box struggled to catch their breath and process just what they had witnessed.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Captain class driving Dublin and Mayo to greatness

Stephen Cluxton is the hidden force in full view behind one of the country’s greatest-ever teams, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: How Galway’s hurlers found guts and glory

Joe Canning has flourished since being moved out to centre forward after last year’s Leinster final, writes Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time to reconsider the possibility of two Dublins

In the age of Twitter, there’s never a shortage of people in with the obvious quip. Any prospect of a draw, from the Super Bowl to the All-Ireland series, and the replay’s in Limerick. And as for when a Dublin football team loses a game at minor, U21, or senior? Split Dublin in two. Ha, ha.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Dealing with Donaghy one for Rochford files

Seeing as it was often described as the duel of the two basketballers, as good a place as any to start on the Aidan O’Shea-Kieran Donaghy matchup is with a line from a hoops documentary that they both loved.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Medals on the line: what price experience on the biggest day of them all?

To grasp just how novel this upcoming All-Ireland final will be, you need only look at the sideline and the profile of the two selectorial teams compared to who was there last year, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: You can’t have a Super 8 in summer and another in spring

If you’re among those worried at how football is now stuck with the Super Eight when the past two weekends has starkly illustrated that it simply has a Super Four, it’s worth bearing something in mind to appease your fears, says Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Pretenders to the throne circle for Colm Cooper’s crown

To mark the last year of the All Ireland quarter-finals as we know them – at least for three years anyway, with the arrival of the Super Eight next July – this column spent last week counting and recounting the great individual scoring tallies of players in the All Ireland series since the first of those quarter-finals back in 2001.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Mickey Harte first to come to grips with substitution strategy with Tyrone

Of all the ingenious strategies Mickey Harte has come up with in keeping Tyrone so relevant and competitive over the last 15 years, his deployment of Peter Canavan in the 2003 and 2005 All Ireland finals remains among the most bold and brilliant. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Cork’s greatest day in Munster

Unless they win it all in September, the summer of 2017 won’t echo in eternity by Leeside like a ’66 or ’99, but what Kieran Kingston and his players and backroom have already pulled off this year screams of – and demands its own place in – history.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Aidan O’Shea’s restraint admirable to GAA agents provocateur

It is to O’Shea’s immense credit that in the face of constant provocation he has not succumbed to being a reactor, says Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: We’re not just getting great games in the championship but great results too

For a championship game to be vintage, it cannot leave the neutral indifferent, says Kieran Shannon.

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